Chelsea tried and failed with a move to take Victor Moses back to Stamford Bridge in the January window, according to the Telegraph.
The forward has been on loan with Stoke since the start of the season where he has excelled under Mark Hughes. So far this term the 24-year-old has featured 18 times for the Potters in the Premier League and has managed three goals, including a late winner against Aston Villa last month.
Such is his form that Stoke are looking at making his move permanent for a fee of around £5 million, however Mourinho had different ideas in January.
According to the Telegraph, the Chelsea boss offered him the chance to return early, however Moses opted instead to continue his progression under Hughes rather than join the Blues' title chase.
Chelsea then went and signed Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in a deal worth around £23 million on deadline day. The Colombian has started just two Premier League fames since his switch from Italy, perhaps an indication that Moses made the right decision to play regular first team football at the Britannia Stadium.
The Telegraph adds that because of Cuadrado's arrival, Moses will now be allowed to join Stoke on a permanent basis, having joined the Blues for a fee in the region of £9 million from Wigan in 2012.
Mourinho meanwhile has been shedding light on what he calls his 'confrontational leadership' style, although the Special One insists he's not had to use the technique on his players this season. Chelsea are currently six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table with one game in hand, however it's not all been plain sailing.
The Blues were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain amidst a sea of controversy after his players were criticised for seemingly pressurising Bjorn Kuipers into sending off Zlatan Ibrahimovic, while Mourinho became embroiled in a war of words with Sky Sports pundits Graeme Souness.
“This season, I don’t need confrontational leadership,” Mourinho said. “Last season, I felt I needed it a few times but I didn’t think there were many of them ready for that. But this season, I don’t need that because in motivational terms, in responsibility terms, I am happy with everything. Things are going in the direction I want.
“Obviously, you can say: ‘But you lost in the Champions League and you lost against Bradford [in the FA Cup].’ But, generally, the way they work, behave, live together, their motivations, their responsibilities, their frustrations, the way they react to the negative and positive moments, the absence of complacency: all this is going well. I just need to be present. I don’t need to be a big leader, or even try to find strategies as a leader.”
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