Chelsea latest: Including Rooney and Mata

A round-up of news and views relating to Chelsea over the past 24 hours.

Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra has accused Chelsea of lacking ambition in their 0-0 draw with the Premier League champions at Old Trafford last night. Jose Mourinho opted to leave all three of his senior strikers out of his first team in favour of an extra attacking midfielder, something Evra believes was an indication Chelsea were happy to settle for a draw.

Mourinho defended his decision to leave out Fernando Torres by saying the striker is not worth the £50m that Chelsea paid Liverpool to make him the most expensive player in Premier League history.

“It is not really £50million [Torres’ value], maybe it is twenty and a half,” said Mourinho. 

“He scored the goal that won the Europa League. That means some millions. He scored the goal against Everton that put Chelsea in the Champions League. That also means some millions.”

“He is doing his job. He did it again.”

Chelsea are not prepared to listen to any offers for midfielder Juan Mata, and have denied already rejecting an enquiry from Tottenham Hotspur about the Spanish player. There is speculation Mata is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after the acquisition of Brazilian playmaker Willian, but Mourinho still sees him as a key part of his plans.

Liverpool and Atletico Madrid are both also reportedly interested in Mata, and have had loan bids for the Spaniard rejected by Chelsea.

According to reports, Wayne Rooney will not submit a transfer request in order to force through a move to Chelsea this summer. Rooney starred in the 0-0 draw at Old Trafford, after which Mourinho suggested that Chelsea would not follow up their interest in the England international unless he made it clear he wanted to leave Manchester United.

Stoke City have signed Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi on loan, paving the way for Brendan Rodgers’ side to step up their interest in Chelsea player Victor Moses. Moses is unlikely to play regularly at Chelsea this season, and could leave on loan.

On HITC today we ask why Romelu Lukaku is being overlooked at Chelsea, and look at the Twitter reaction to Andre Schurrle’s performance at Old Trafford.

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