Chelsea fans, hello and welcome.
First and foremost we’d like to urge you to stifle the end of week excitement for just another few minutes while you take the time to ingest all the biggest rumours and news pieces to be found today.
A weekend of football awaits. Go forth, enjoy, and please don’t hesitate to tell us if you think we’ve got something wrong - there’s a comments box provided below.
Mourinho's latest trick
Love him or hate him, it’s probably not good for Chelsea that Jose Mourinho won’t be able to manage from the touchline this weekend when the Blues take on Stoke City.
The Special One is banned from his usual duties on matchday as punishment for his behaviour during the loss to West Ham earlier this season, but, somewhat unsurprisingly, he has a plan.
It’s not sneaking into the stadium in a laundry basket before anyone asks - this time around it’s far simpler.
He’ll keep in touch with coaches from a position in the team hotel via his mobile phone, according to reports in the Daily Mail. You just can’t stop Mourinho.
Ronaldo backs the Special One
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo has offered his backing to the Special One, claiming that he is the right man to save Chelsea’s ailing campaign.
The Ronaldo/Mourinho partnership was very much a clash of egos in Madrid, but there’s obviously a lot of mutual respect between them.
Mendes' message to Abramovich
To finish, we’ve offered something a little different, with quotes coming from super-agent Jorge Mendes. *They do still concern Mourinho.
The Portuguese negotiator, much like his most dazzling client, Ronaldo, has said that Roman Abramovich would be wrong to part ways with the man currently in the dugout at Stamford Bridge because he’d be impossible to replace.
Fans, so far, appear to be mixed on the subject:
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