A very warm welcome to all you Chelsea fans out there, it’s my pleasure to be detailed with feeding you the latest from Stamford Bridge on this bleak, groggy, downright miserable Tuesday morning.
With the season done and dusted there isn’t much in the way of team news to discuss, but that simply opens the door for everyone’s favourite summer-time staple; transfer rumours.
Winning the Premier League title gives you no hall-pass to avoid the often fantastical gossip that is sent forth from the dedicated news hounds around Europe, so here we find ourselves.
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Moussa Sissoko might feel that he can do better than Newcastle United if the club’s form this season is taken into account. Perhaps that’s why he’s confirmed publicly that he believes Jose Mourinho is monitoring his progress ahead of a potential transfer move.
Speaking to French source RMC - relayed by The Telegraph - the 25-year-old played up the idea of one day being coached by The Special One, although we can’t help but get the feeling he and his agent might have concocted to a plan to try and earn him a move to a big club.
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"Is he following my progress? According to what I am hearing, yes," he told RMC.
"He is one of the best managers in the world. He has won so many titles... Any player would love to be coached by this man.
"For the moment, I am coached by other people. If one day I have the chance to work under his guidance, I would be very happy.
"For the moment, I am still at Newcastle and I feel good over there. There is no problem.
We like the ambition if this is indeed the case, but if Mourinho’s interest is genuine the Newcastle star going to have quite the task breaking up the partnership of Nemanja Matic and Francesc Fabregas. That said he is an experienced option who could fill a nice John Obi-Mikel-shaped hole or even a void left by Ramires, assuming either of those two are to leave.
In other news Eden Hazard has revealed that he did have a few fallings out with Mourinho last season, describing the troubles as ‘one or two disagreements'.
Hazard was by and large Chelsea’s best player during the title-winning campaign and his relationship with Mourinho appears to have strengthened over the course of the past two years, but that doesn’t mean he’s exempt from a special rollocking on the odd occasion.
We get the feeling the aforesaid run-ins are simply a result of two egos clashing in a confined space. But hey, both men performed excellently and the team won the league. What’s there to worry about?
Mourinho and The Rat
Last but not least it’s been confirmed that Mourinho labelled one of his former Real Madrid players a rat, by none other than ex-Real Madrid stopper Jerzy Dudek.
The Pole has revealed in his new book that Mourinho strongly believed there was a mole in his dressing room passing team news to the press. What did Mourinho do? He called the squad out of course… and then pointed an inquisitive finger at Esteban Granero.
Chelsea fans, what do you make of today’s news? Let us know in the comments box below.