Mourinho did not want to return to Chelsea when he did, pursuing 33-goal striker - report

Jose Mourinho is tasked with a big rebuilding project at Chelsea over the summer.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho criticised his players after the club's defeat at Crystal Palace, and you get the feeling he is growing exasperated with their inconsistency.

Defeats to Aston Villa and Palace have sandwiched a 6-0 win over Arsenal, and seen the Blues surrender their initiative in the title race to both Liverpool and Manchester City.

Mourinho commented after the 1-0 defeat at the weekend that he would be making several changes in the summer, but one newspaper claims he did not want to be at Stamford Bridge to make them.

Spanish paper El Confidencial maintains Mourinho desired to return to Chelsea at one stage, but states that due to the rebuilding required within the squad, the manager's preference was to wait it out and return 1-2 years later when this difficult period had been negotiated by somebody else.

They write: "His return to Chelsea came early. His idea was to have waited a year or two to clean up the locker room of his past. Now it's up to him to shape a new team."

There's no elaboration on the point, but it's common knowledge his tenure at Real Madrid came to a mutual end. Mourinho was seen as the cause of disharmony behind the scenes in the boardroom and the dressing room, and was growing increasingly frustrated himself with the circus which surrounded him in Spain.

An extra couple of years denied him the chance to try and win the Champions League with the La Liga giants, a failure which is likely to feature highly on his list of regrets, twice a beaten semi-finalist.

In the knowledge his time at Madrid was coming to an end, Mourinho will have begun accepting the advances from Roman Abramovich which were ongoing this time last year. Bemusingly overlooked by Manchester United for their vacant manager's post, the Blues had a clear run at bringing the manager back to west London.

Now in the midst of a title challenge, Mourinho is seeing close up just what needs doing for Chelsea to be a major force again. They clearly aren't far off, a look at Manchester United's travails shows them that - but there is work to do.

The second noteworthy aspect of El Confidencial's report claims that Mourinho is, as rumoured, pushing ahead with a deal to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid, having abandoned his pursuit of the injured Radamel Falcao.

The outlet claims the manager has enquired with Jorge Mendes over a deal, who happens to be not only Diego Costa's agent, but his own too - and has been told of the financial requirements to make it happen.

The paper goes onto claim that Mourinho would like to move on Eto'o and Ba, while will consider keeping Torres as back-up to Costa and Lukaku.

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