Chelsea latest: Costa buy hinges on £14m Spurs target, Hazard talks & more

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All the latest news from SW6 including how the successful purchase of Atletico Madrid man may depend on the future of a Tottenham Hotspur target.

Formerly The Special One, Jose Mourinho self-styled himself The Happy One at his first press conference as Chelsea manager for the second time in his career but, after receiving a fine from the FA, are we now to believe the charismatic Portuguese is The Victimised One?

"In football, everything is about money – even the sanctions are about money," said Mourinho. "I think there are people in this country, even colleagues of mine, they’re in a better situation to speak about it. They’re not punished."

When pressed for elaboration, he said: "I’m afraid of comment because if I comment in a positive way I can be punished. If I comment in a negative way I can be punished. I have to adapt to the situation is to come with a very English answer which is ‘no comment.’"

Three legendary Blues, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard and John Terry, are all on fast expiring contracts, yet only the latter may end up extending his Stamford Bridge stay.

Cole's free transfer status has reportedly attracted Manchester City, while Lampard's illness - that will prevent him from participation in the final match of the Premier League calendar on Sunday - may mean that he has already played his last match as a Chelsea man.

Regardless of whether a new deal is struck with Frank, Mourinho says he is deserving of a statue.

On his summer transfer plans, Jose said: "A striker is something that we were speaking of for a long long time."

Atletico Madrid goalscorer Diego Costa may well be that striker and the club's push for the hitman may have been given a boost, at the detriment to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, as Spurs target Damiao is allegedly in talks with Atleti over becoming Costa's replacement.

Elsewhere, Eden Hazard looked ahead to Sunday, a trip to Cardiff City: "It's the last game at home for them and they will want to win it for their fans. For us it's the same. We want to win for our fans and we want to end the season on a good note."

And finally, Chelsea are not the only team interested in a potentially available £20m Brazilian wonderkid. A midfield target of Mourinho's - a former player of his - is compared to Michael Carrick, Mikel Arteta and Joe Allen in this HITC:Sport study. And Forbes unveiled their top ten list of highest value football clubs and HITC:Sport look at the possible impact for the Premier League representatives, Chelsea included.

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