Mourinho to attend Champions League final: Five players he may be watching

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is set to attend the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

According to Panama-based press TVMax, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will attend Lisbon and commentate on the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid this Saturday.

The Portuguese coach is familiar with a number of Madrid-based stars, and we take a look at five particular players he will keep his eye on as possible Chelsea players in the future.

Thibaut Courtois

Chelsea loanee Thibaut Courtois will certainly catch the attention of Jose Mourinho this Saturday as the Blues boss is set to make a big decision over the Belgian international’s future.

The 22-year-old’s loan spell at Atletico Madrid ends this summer, and Mourinho appears keen for Courtois to return to Stamford Bridge and challenge Petr Cech for the number one spot.

A big performance and a display of strong mental strength from the young goalkeeper on the biggest stage of all may prove to be the defining moment in Mourinho’s choice ahead of next season.

Filipe Luis

28-year-old Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis has been linked with a move to Chelsea this summer following an excellent campaign in the Spanish capital.

Current Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole looks set to leave the club after eight years of service, and that left-back area has become a priority this summer.

With Southampton left-back Luke Shaw edging towards a move to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid’s €20m defender appears to be Chelsea’s next-best option and fine performance against Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale could be the deal-breaker.

Luka Modric

Jose Mourinho is a long-term admirer of Real Madrid star Luka Modric, and he was very vocal in his support of Madrid’s decision to sign the former Spurs man whilst in charge of the club.

The Chelsea boss is reportedly keen on linking up with the diminutive midfielder again, however, Modric’s importance at Madrid is well documented a move to Stamford Bridge appears fanciful at best.

Raphael Varane

The French international centre-back is expected to start the game in Lisbon as a result of the injury to regular first-team defender Pepe.

The Real Madrid star found himself a regular spot in the first-team under Mourinho’s stewardship, and the self-proclaimed Special One has reportedly told the Chelsea officials of his desire to sign the impressive defender this summer.

Diego Costa

Despite being ruled out of the match, Diego Costa miraculously joined in with training yesterday which offers Atletico Madrid fresh hopes that he could participate on Saturday.

The 25-year-old La Liga winner has had a memorable campaign, netting more than 35 goals in all competitions. His displays haven’t gone unnoticed, and according to the Spanish press, Chelsea already have a €60m agreement to sign the striker this summer.

Jose Mourinho is keen on beefing up Chelsea’s attacking options, and there aren’t many better lone-strikers in the world than the Brazilian-born bulldozer.

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