Once upon a time he was a Chelsea stalwart, before moving to one of the Blues’ biggest Premier League rivals and enjoying relative success elsewhere. Sounds quite familiar doesn’t?
Well Chelsea fans can now get used to the news that a former star has retired, having played over 550 professional games across a career spanning almost 20 years.
READ MORE HERE: Ex-Chelsea star announces sudden retirement from football
Jose Mourinho returned to manage Chelsea last summer, following a hiatus that saw him enjoy success with Inter Milan and Real Madrid. However, it has transpired that he wasn’t Roman Abramovich’s first choice.
Fresh reports claim that another world-class manager was wanted at Stamford Bridge, only to turn the Blues down despite the fact Abramovich offered him what was essentially a money-no-object deal.
READ MORE HERE: World-class manager rejected Chelsea last summer
Diego Costa may be flying high at Chelsea this season, having scored seven Premier League goals in nine appearances, but he’s been the subject of an incredible snub this month.
In a turn of events which will irk Jose Mourinho, Blues supporters and the player himself, Costa has been omitted from the running to claim a prestigious award. To make things worse a Man United star made the cut!
READ MORE HERE: Chelsea star left out of running for big award
Chelsea’s loan system of recent years has been fabled for its enormity, with players coming and going on temporary spells, and some of them never actually playing for the Blues before moving on.
Now a new agreement with a European side seems set to given them even more options in the loan market, with said club ready to offer rising Chelsea stars the opportunity to play in their first team.
READ MORE HERE: Chelsea strike new deal; loan deals now possible
The Special One, if the rumours are to be believed, is hell-bent on adding another midfielder to his squad, and has already identified the man he wants.
Unfortunately the manager of the candidate in question, despite being a former Blues gaffer himself, is ready to try and veto any potential deal by sending his player elsewhere. The cheek of it.
READ MORE HERE: La Liga superstar to be warned against moving to Chelsea
There’s no shortage of attacking options at Mourinho’s disposal following a summer of healthy spending, but GMS contributor Harry Spencer believes there’s one area in particular where the Chelsea boss needs to make a big call.
With three stars vying for a starting spot and not enough room to accommodate them all, will Mourinho get rid of one of these players so the other two can prosper?
READ MORE HERE: Jose Mourinho has big decision to make; three stars want place