Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims former Chelsea midfielder Tiago has been psychologically affected by a failed move back to Stamford Bridge.
Tiago was being tipped to return on a similar deal being offered to Didier Drogba; a player-coach role, but the move has fallen through with the Portuguese star having now signed a new deal at Atletico Madrid.
“The Portuguese coach (Mourinho) offered him a two-year contract, promising to join his coaching staff in the future,” reports El C.
“Tiago has been psychologically hit in recent days by the blow – He did not expect something like that after changing his plans following a call from Mourinho.”
It’s unclear exactly why Chelsea have backed out of plans to bring Tiago back to Chelsea but it could be to do with the players Mourinho already has available at his disposal.
The logic behind approaching Tiago is that he can help fill the void, which has been created through Frank Lampard’s decision to head off to the MLS with New York.
Lampard was one of the most experienced players at the club and someone who held the middle of the team together last season when they were under pressure.
Mourinho may have decided on a u-turn because there is already a good deal of experience in the middle of his team, with Fabregas having already experienced Premier League football from his days at Arsenal.
Tiago shouldn’t feel nervous or worried about how he’ll be perceived back at Atletico because Diego Simeone will more than likely offer him an olive branch.
Simeone has seen several of his key players leave the club this summer, ironically heading to Chelsea, which means the chance to re-sign Tiago is something he couldn't pass on.