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Report: Chelsea want to recall Michael Hector from Reading loan spell

Jose Mourinho wants to bolster his defensive options after a poor start to Chelsea's Premier League title defense

Chelsea are hoping to recall Michael Hector from his loan spell at Reading, according to the Championship side's executive Samrit Thanakanchanasut, Goal reports.

"Chelsea want him back early but I think we'll retain him as we agreed until the end of the season," he said.

The 23-year-old made a slightly surprising summer move to Stamford Bridge. Unlike Papy Djilobodji however - who also joined the Premier League champions on deadline day - the Jamaica international was immediately loaned back to his former club. 

However, with Jose Mourinho's side's title hopes seemingly in tatters already, it appears that the Blues are looking to make some changes in an attempt to restore some pride from a campaign that has seen them fall 14 points off the pace set by Leicester City.

Despite keeping a clean sheet during their victory over Norwich City on Saturday, the form of several defenders - including former stalwarts John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic - has seemingly become a major worry for Mourinho. The Blues have conceded just one goal less than the top flight's bottom side Aston Villa.

While his parent club have struggled to keep the goals out, Hector's form for the Royals has helped Steve Clarke's men bounce back from a disappointing 19th place finish last season, to sit just outside the play-off places this time around.

Nevertheless, if Chelsea get their wish, Hector will have to make a considerable step up if he wishes to push for a place in Mourinho's side.   

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