Keys implies Mourinho will leave, doesn't like players like Hazard

Mourinho Dugout

Chelsea manager may leave Stamford Bridge, but where could he go? Surely not Manchester United

Despite the obvious improvements in Chelsea's season from this campaign compared to the last, together with the individual development of star performers such as Eden Hazard and the significant recruitment of Nemanja Matic, renowned commentator Richard Keys ponders whether Roman Abramovic will consider the year a success.

There has been a 20-point upward swing from last year but the season could also be deemed a failure largely due to Chelsea squandering strong positions when challenging on multiple fronts, with a Premier League title and Champions League trophy both previously up for grabs.

What may concern Abramovic, most, though, is the criticism the club has had to endure due to Jose Mourinho's seemingly negative tactics.

Richard Keys wrote in a recent blog that: "Chelsea have done well. [This is the] same group of players that [previous manager Rafael] Benitez had but they're 20 points better off. It was a 'proper' challenge, but I wonder how Abramovic will view it? Did Mourinho play too many games in the end?"

One of the positions where the Stamford Bridge side are strongest is attacking midfield, so much so that Juan Mata was deemed surplus to requirements as he was not regarded capable enough of fulfilling defensive duties also. However, Keys implies that all of the more accomplished attackers of the season, Oscar, Eden Hazard and Willian have not impressed Mourinho.

"Abramovic bought the likes of Oscar, [Juan] Mata, [Eden] Hazard and Willian to play 'football'. These guys are not for Mourinho. I warned in August [that] Mata would not survive long under him. I said [David] Luiz would go as well. He will - to Barcelona."

Mata in January and Luiz in the summer will not be the only SW6 casualties as Mourinho, too, could be off, says Keys: "I am not convinced Mourinho will at The Bridge at the start of next season.

"There's a major power struggle going on again. He has been trying to make the point about Chelsea not being 'tough' enough all season, playing without a center forward, criticizing Hazard etc. There will only be one winner - and it won't be Jose."

Louis van Gaal is expected to succeed David Moyes as Manchester United's next permanent manager, however, if Mourinho became available, wouldn't he be the wiser pick?

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