Chelsea round-up: Raphael Varane hails Jose Mourinho motivation

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Chelsea fans, good morning and welcome to your daily news round-up.

The international break is over for all intents and purposes, meaning we can shift our attentions back to club football and start getting excited ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.

Ahead of that though there’s plenty of breaking information to wade through. Fortunately for you we’ve amassed it here. Read below and watch the video for more. Enjoy.


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Varane and Mourinho

If you were to believe the summer transfer gossip then Jose Mourinho remains a keen admirer of Real Madrid star Raphael Varane.

If that’s the case then the Special One will be over the moon with what Varane has had to say about him, with the French youngster describing how Mourinho helped him become the player he is.

Varane told France’s Journal on Sunday - as relayed by FourFourTwo - that the Chelsea boss gave him a ‘kick up the arse’, and said he always hits the right spot.

"During my second season at Real Madrid, Jose Mourinho gave me a kick up my arse," Varane said.

"I was not doing well and I was unable to do the things I wanted to do on the pitch. So he took it up with me. He asked why I wasn't running more in training. At first I was not impressed, but I eventually realised he was right. I had to do more.

"Mourinho always hits the right spot. He does not need long speeches. He is precise and very direct. He was doing it for my own benefit.

"I need to question myself to reach my best form. Without this pressure, I tend to rest on my laurels and don't push myself."

What makes that so interesting is that rumours in the past have suggested Mourinho sees Varane as John Terry’s eventual successor.

Terry's Rooney post

Coincidentally our next story focuses on Terry himself, as the Blues captain took to Instagram to congratulate Wayne Rooney on breaking Sir Bobby Charlton’s England record.

Rooney scored his 50th goal for country last night, with Terry labelling him England’s best ever. That might be a tad far-fetched when the forward’s goal breakdown is assessed, but all the same it’s an incredible feat.

Costa improvement

Last but not least, Diego Costa has admitted he needs to improve, after failing to make a positive impression in his latest Spain outing.

The Chelsea striker said he is filled with ambition each time he takes to the pitch, but he’s only found the back of the net on one occasion in eight appearances for Spain so far.

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