Good morning Chelsea fans, and welcome to GiveMeSport’s Stamford Bridge-related roundup. Here we do our best to source the most mouth-watering gossip from around the world and relay it to you in one easily-accessible place.
We don’t claim to fully endorse every rumour that’s provided, but you can bet your bottom dollar that if it’s come from a half-credible paper or online supplement we’ll dig it out for you. Without further ado we present you today’s Chelsea roundup, complete with quotes, transfer rumours and everything else you need to help the morning pass quickly.
No Drogba talks
Kicking off our report this morning is Jose Mourinho’s confirmation that he has yet to speak with Didier Drogba over the Ivory Coast hero’s future past this summer. As is common place at Chelsea now over 30s are only offered 12 month deals at a time, meaning that Drogba’s current contract is set to expire before next season.
But fans who are hoping to see Mourinho offer some confirmation either way as to whether or not he will stay at Stamford Bridge, once again take his leave or possibly hang up his boots for good have been left disappointed.
The Special One dropped hints that he wanted to keep Drogba in his fold, but insisted that the decision would ultimately be made by Roman Abramovich.
"I didn't speak with him (yet)," Mourinho said.
"I think it belongs to him: what he feels, what he thinks.
"This is a club thing. This is a Mr Abramovich thing. Mr Abramovich wants him to do what he wants in the club, but it's something Mr Abramovich has to tell him.
"He has to decide. But, obviously, he belongs to the history of this club. These guys are special players."
On top of that it was made clear that Mourinho hadn’t spoken with Drogba, perhaps indicating that time is running out for the two parties to come begin negotiations.
Next up it’s more positive news, with it being claimed this morning that Brazilian forward Nathan has passed his Stamford Bridge medical. The Blues aren’t well and truly out of the woods yet, as Portuguese giants FC Porto are sniffing around with intent, but the fact that the 19-year-old was in attendance to watch Chelsea’s draw with Arsenal last weekend is a good sign.
It could mean that Nathan is set to sign with the west London giants in the coming weeks, though Porto will try their very best to convince him to do otherwise.
Mourinho the man
Lastly Mourinho has hit the headlines once more with a bold claim based on his own skills, declaring that he was Chelsea’s leader and therefore responsible for their Premier League title win - assuming that they do in fact finish the job.
It’s a fairly substantiated claim all things considered, but even so the media hounds are giving Mourinho a dressing down on account of his supposed arrogance.
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