Jose Mourinho steps up search for Petr Cech replacement - Chelsea roundup

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With the festivities from the Capital One Cup win at the weekend kept to a 20 minute period and the next league fixture against West Ham set to take place just tomorrow night, it’s almost as though Chelsea haven’t collected any silverware at all.

Instead it seems that it’s business as usual at Stamford Bridge, with the successful trip to Wembley pushed to the periphery for the time being. Now the focus switches to winning the Premier League, with Manchester City having given the Blues a huge boost by way of losing to Liverpool 2-1 at the weekend.

If sticking to the norm is the order of the day then we’re all too happy to oblige; here’s your daily dose of Chelsea headlines. The show must go on.

Cech replacement

Petr Cech may well have played in his last cup final for Chelsea, with Mourinho on the look out for his replacement to be recruited in the summer. Outlandish reports yesterday claimed that American veteran Brad Friedel was to be the shock choice for the role, though almost 24 hours later that avenue appears to have been shut as The Special One wants a younger option.

That’s not to say the Friedel gossip was complete baloney - we still have doubts - as it’s believed he could be used as a number three. According to latest speculation Cech could be captured by a number of different overseas clubs, and Mourinho will move to get a player in who can act as Thibaut Courtois’ deputy in his absence.

Hazard return?

Meanwhile Blues fans might not have seen the last of Thorgan Hazard, with the midfielder having made it clear that he would like to return to Stamford Bridge in the future. The 22-year-old transferred to Borussia Monchengladbach last month in a permanent deal, where he will presumably continue his development.

When he’s finished that though the younger Hazard has aspirations of becoming a Chelsea player in the mould of his older brother, and with there being a clause of just €8 million believed to have been inserted into his contract for if the Blues want to buy him back, it’s definitely feasible.

Matic deal

Lastly Chelsea are putting the finishing touches on a new deal for Serbian enforcer Nemanja Matic that will see him earn in excess of £100,000-a-week. The midfielder has been a huge hit since returning to west London from Benfica, and it’s said his representatives and his club are close to coming to an agreement.

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