Chelsea morning news: Mourinho on 31-goal star, Blues-linked striker to move to Italy?

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given his opinion on the punishment handed to Liverpool striker Luis Suarez by FIFA.

The 27-year-old, who scored 31 goals and provided 12 assists in 33 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season, has been given a nine-match international suspension and has been banned from all football-related activities for four months.

The punishment was given to Suarez for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay’s crucial World Cup Group D encounter at the Arena das Dunas in Natal last week.

‘I think the punishment is deserved because it is an accumulation of the same negative act on the football pitch’, the Portuguese boss told Yahoo.

‘What I really don't like in football is the stadium ban. What's the problem for Suarez to be in the stadium, in the middle of the Uruguay supporters watching the game between his country and Colombia?’

One forward linked with a move to Chelsea this summer is Bayern Munich’s Mario Mandzukic.

The Croatia international recently made it clear that he will leave the German champions in the summer, and the Blues, Arsenal and Inter Milan have all been linked with a move for the 28-year-old.

Mandzukic’s agent has now said that the former Wolfburg star’s future could be clearer by midweek.

‘For the time being there has been no contact with Inter, the same goes for all clubs in the Italian, Spanish and German leagues’, The Express quotes Ivan Cvjetkovic as saying.

‘Are we interested in going to Inter? At the moment, I can't give you any answers. However, there could be some new developments this coming Wednesday or Thursday’.

Meanwhile, Chelsea winger Eden Hazard has yet to impose himself on the ongoing 2014 World Cup finals for Belgium.

The 23-year-old was a star player for the Blues in the Premier League last season, but failed to hit top form for his national team in the group stage in Brazil.

However, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots insists that he is not going to put pressure on the former Lille star, ahead of his side’s last-16 clash against the USA on Tuesday.

‘I think for the moment Eden wants to do more’, BBC Sport quotes him as saying. ‘He can do a lot for us, everyone knows that. Now I'm waiting to see it. It's not a question of putting pressure on him as I know he's under a lot of pressure’.

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