Chelsea latest: Mourinho on Ronaldo, defender he loves and Academy prospect honoured

Mourinho Dugout

All the latest Chelsea news including Jose Mourinho's comments on Real Madrid pair Cristiano Ronaldo and Raphael Varane.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has likened his countryman Cristiano Ronaldo, whom he managed during his time at Real Madrid, to legendary France international Zinedine Zidane.

In an interview to TF1, Mourinho said: "He's like Zidane for the French. There will not be another like it. He's an incredible player, a machine to make goals. Needless to say what everyone knows."

One of Ronaldo's team-mate at club-level is Raphael Varane, a player whom Chelsea are reportedly keen on acquiring as captain John Terry fast approaches the twilight of his career.

"Everyone says they will go to Chelsea, they know that I really like. However, everyone also knows that [Varane] will stay in Madrid."

In the same interview, Mourinho also claimed that he was twice invited to join Paris Saint-Germain but twice declined the offer.

"Winning the league with PSG is not difficult. To be champion of England is fantastic for everyone because it is very difficult."

And finally, Academy starlet Ola Aina has spoken of his pride at captaining the England Under-19 team en route to an 8-0 rout over Luxembourg yesterday, Sunday.

"[England U19 manager] Sean [O'Driscoll] said he made me captain because I’m a good talker on the pitch. He thought I’d be good for the team and I obviously jumped at the chance," he said, according to the FA via the club's official website.

"The armband was a bit loose, I don’t think my biceps are quite big enough yet! But to captain your country is an amazing feeling.

"I’ve always wanted to captain England so I’m buzzing."

Aina, a right back, turned 18 last Wednesday.

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