While it hasn’t been announced that Mourinho will be the next manager of Chelsea, there seems to be increasingly little doubt that the switch is already well under way. Interestingly, some of the most certain signs have come not from Abramovich, nor from any of the senior players, but from the young Belgian attacker Kevin De Bruyne. KDB spent the last season on loan at Werder Bremen, and he had a superb season. With 10 goals and 10 assists in 33 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit, De Bruyne has only served to further add to his already tremendous reputation. De Bruyne is seen as one of the best young European prospects in the world today, and it’s only a matter of time before he establishes himself at a big club.
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho have agreed to part company by mutual consent. Real president Florentino Perez made the announcement this evening at a press conference to hordes of completely unsurprised journalists in Madrid. Contrary to reports that he would be officially sacked, Perez has confirmed that the split was a mutual decision.
“We’ve decided to bring our relationship to an end, nobody’s been sacked, it’s a mutual agreement”
We may not have announced who our new manager is going to be yet, but Chelsea have not been waiting around for that appointment to be made before putting together their summer shopping wish list. Jose Mourinho should be announced in the very near future, and it looks like he will have a ready-made list of targets waiting on his desk when arrives.
Whether Mourinho already has his own ideas about who he might like to sign is unknown just yet, but Jose is not exactly known for being shy with the chequebook, so you can be sure there will be a few surprises this summer.
There are two different stories doing the rounds about the future look of the Chelsea strike force and both cannot be true. It seems to boil down to whether Fernando Torres is still at the club next season. If he is, then it seems as if Radamel Falcao will not be coming to Stamford Bridge, because the Colombian striker does not want to share his duties with Torres.
This season, Chelsea have primarily used the single striker, supported by the creative attacking skills of Juan Mata, Oscar, Hazard and others, so it would be Falcao or Torres or Demba Ba. This might not be the case with the new manager, however, so whoever it is (Jose Mourinho) needs to talk to Falcao.
With Manchester United appointing David Moyes as their new manager, there are now two big Premier League managerial spots to be filled. While Bill Kenwright has a job on his hands to replace the consistent Moyes at Everton, it seems to be accepted by pretty much everyone that Roman has already agreed a deal with Jose Mourinho to return to the club where he really launched himself on the world stage. With the bookies now offering odds as short as 1/12 on Mourinho succeeding Rafa Benitez, it seems inevitable that the special one will return.
There are very few Chelsea fans that will be sorry to see the back of Rafa Benitez at the end of this season, but his tenure here has not been a complete disaster. Rafa has brought the club to the final of the Europa League – navigated a truly horrendous fixture schedule that has seen a staggering number of games played, and looks well on course to securing Champion’s League football for the 13/14 season. For many, this in itself is not enough. That being said, and for all that the criticism that you can throw his way, Rafa does seem to have managed to do one thing that so many previous Chelsea managers could not. He has destroyed the player-power mentality.
There have been rumours and reports for quite a while about a possible return to Chelsea of the former manager and fans favourite Jose Mourinho. His main priority recently, however, has been trying towin the Champions League trophy for his current club Real Madrid.
The Spanish champions gave Borussia Dortmund a scare last night, but their second goal came too late and left just minutes to get the goal that would have taken them to the final. Mourinho and Madrid still have the Spanish cup final on May 18th, but thoughts are already turning to next season. Mourinho’s thoughts seem to be turning to Stamford Bridge.
The fantastic and versatile Brazilian international David Luiz is a popular choice to become the next captain od Chelsea, and the change could happen sooner than expected, apparently. The 26-year old has been putting in captains’ performances for the Blues lately and more than once his drive, skill and determination have rescued Chelsea, most recently with a last gasp winner at Basel.
According to the Daily Star, the Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants Luiz to replace Terry as club captain this summer, although it is unclear whether this would mean an end to Terry’s career at the club or simply a demotion. This could be speculation on the paper’s part, but Luiz has been receiving lots of plaudits from everyone at the club recently.
Chelsea and Lampard – The End of an Era?
Sunday’s match with Swansea City saw legendary Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard score yet another goal to edge him closer to the record held by Bobby Tambling who was in attendance for the match himself.
There have been doubts over Lampard’s future all season with the club refusing to offer him a new contract or make any official statement on the matter. He has said himself that he would of course love to stay for as long as his body enables him and pretty much 100% of the club’s fans have voiced their desire for him to stay, so what is the problem?
The ex-Chelsea star Michael Essien had suffered from multiple injury problems up to last season, which led the club to allow him to move to Real Madrid on loan last summer to let Jose Mourinho to manage his rehabilitation. It seems to have worked and the versatile Essien has been given regular game-time at the Spanish giants.
The 30 year-old is set to return to Stamford Bridge next summer, and has fully enjoyed his reunion with Mourinho in Madrid. He said: “It’s been good, I can’t complain. I’m happy and have enjoyed the football.