Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has cast doubt over the possibility that he could move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
The Frenchman has been linked with a Chelsea move following Jose Mourinho’s consistent criticism of his attacking options last season, as the Blues eye up additions ahead of the summer transfer window.
Benzema has criticised Mourinho’s managerial style in comparison to former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti, which makes a move to play under the Portuguese coach all the more unlikely.
“Ancelotti is serenity. He doesn’t put pressure on the players. It is very different from Mourinho, who has another method,” the striker told L’Equipe.
Chelsea ended last season without any silverware, which means Mourinho’s team are going to be under a lot of pressure heading into the new campaign.
The side has lost a great deal of experience with Ashley Cole leaving the defence and Frank Lampard exiting the midfield.
There is still a chance that Mourinho could commission exits from his attack, which is going to place further strain over his attacking options and increase the need to bring in centre forward reinforcements.
Benzema continues to be linked with a £20-25 million move to the Premier League but Mourinho’s intensity could cost his side a very good player.
Mourinho expects the very best from the players he selects to represent the West London club and he’s one of the most animated figures on the touchline across England’s top flight.
It’s also important to bear in mind that Ancelotti is the man who kept Benzema in the Real Madrid team when he was under pressure from president Florentino Perez and large groups of supporters to drop the Frenchman at times last season.
The comments suggest that Benzema didn’t enjoy Mourinho’s intensity during his time in charge of Real Madrid, so perhaps he’s not the player the Blues should be focusing on attracting to the Bridge.