Chelsea latest: Jose on United man, Frenchman wants Blues move, Courtois calling shots & more

Petr Cech

All the latest news from SW6, including: Louis van Gaal suitability at Manchester United, Eliaquim Mangala and Atletico Madrid's temporary glovesman.

Jose Mourinho has an intimate knowledge of Manchester United's new manager, Louis van Gaal, as the pair worked together at Barcelona. Since van Gaal knew Mourinho, the Portuguese has gone on to become one of the most effective and accomplished head coaches in world football, and he has expressed his delight that the Dutch maestro will join him in English football.

"He is a great football manager and I am happy he joins me in the same country and the Premier League," Mourinho said, as quoted by Four Four Two. "But more important than that, he's a great guy, a great man and I wish him well."

Van Gaal, who signed a three year deal at the Old Trafford outfit, is joined by assistant coaches Frans Hoek and Marcel Bout, while Ryan Giggs - who retired from his role as a player - will occupy an assistant managerial role.

Any happiness over van Gaal becoming the incumbent United boss may be short-lived as he and Mourinho may share similar transfer targets, as noted by Daily Mail, who claim van Gaal, Mourinho and even Arsene Wenger are involved in a three-way fight over the signature of Bayern Munich striker Mario Mandzukic.

Bayern manager Pep Guardiola was recently reported to have told Mandzukic: "Goodbye and good luck with your new club."

While convincing Mandzukic his future is at Stamford Bridge, rather than at the FA Cup champions' manor Arsenal or van Gaal's new patch in Manchester could take some tough negotiating, one coveted defender has effectively turned his nose up at one potential suitor - Manchester City - while claiming he would ask how high if Chelsea said jump.

The £30m-rated French defender is quoted by Express to have said: "I have told my agent that I don't want to know anything about the transfer window until the end of the World Cup. There have been discussions with Mancester City, but the clubs did not reach an agreement."

He continued: "City or Chelsea? Chelsea, because it is London."

Thibaut Courtois, meanwhile, is either crazy, or a genius. The Belgium shot stopper is not short on confidence and is effectively forcing Chelsea to think fast about their goalkeeping options next season, with Courtois, who has excelled at Atletico Madrid during a long-term loan stay, refuses to play understudy to Petr Cech or warm any bench next season.

He is alleged to have told The Guardian: I have two years [left on my] contract with Chelsea. With my age, what I want, the most important thing for me, is to play. Petr is one of the best goalkeepers in the world, he won the golden glove in the Premier League, and I have a lot of respect for him, so we will see what Chelsea decide and what they plan to do."

And finally, here is a photo of Mourinho. The Blues boss is set is to become an Ambassador Against Hunger for the UN's World Food Programme.

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