Premier League champions Chelsea have been in the news right from day one of the 2015-16 campaign and an appalling start to the season has left all bemused and bewildered.
In latest developments, a shareholder in Ligue 1 club Monaco, Italian businessman Alessandro Proto has claimed to have held a meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich offering to buy-out the remainder of the contract of manager Jose Mourinho.
Goal.com have reported, as per Spanish media agency EFE, the French club offered to pay £35.5 million for the services of the Portuguese manager but were instantly rejected by the Blues hierarchy.
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The Italian businessman’s company, Proto Enterprises released a statement to EFE confirming the validity of the meeting that took place in London.
“We offered €50million (£35.5m) to have the coach immediately, but the request was €100million and that figure seems exaggerated.”
Mourinho signed a four-year extension to his contract with Chelsea this summer that keeps him at Stamford Bridge till 2019.
Contradictory to scenarios of recent years where Abramovich has adopted a ‘hire-and-fire’ policy, which has seen managers last an average of less than a year at the west London club, he has backed under fire Mourinho, on this occasion, despite the dismal start to the season.
The Russian owner regards his manager as ‘the best coach in the world’ and is not willing to lose him at any cost.
Speaking ahead of their Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev, Mourinho was asked how long he has got to turn the club’s fortunes.
The 52-year-old replied emphatically: "I have four years. In this case, three years and seven months.
‘Yes, I know why the results have been different but I can’t tell you because I’ll be here a long time. It’s a combination of factors. Some of them I can’t, I don’t even want to touch them – but yes I know.”
Mourinho has been the best manager at the London-based club of all-time and he remains confident he has the support of his players as well as the board to overturn the recent meltdown at the club. Only results on the pitch will prove otherwise.