SHOWS: COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 15, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING: “I expect to be busy walking from my towel
Mourinho more focused on beach than transfer market
COBHAM, NEAR LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MAY 15, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)
1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:
“I expect to be busy walking from my towel in the sand to the water, swim a little bit and be back to the sand again. That is where I expect to be busy but without fun, a little bit everywhere but just a little bit because I like my squad very, very much. Young squad, space to improve and as I was saying before I am in a different position than last season because last season I was more than keen for my club to sell some players and in this moment I am very, very happy to keep my players. So the base last year was to sell some, to buy some and the base this season is to keep my squad.”
2. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER, JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:
“I don’t know it is absolutely true what the agent is saying or maybe it is but after that the player has contract with Chelsea and Chelsea will also have a very important say in the decision. I keep saying I want my best players; Peter is one of my best players. I want my important players and Peter is one of my important players so I will like him to stay and that is my position.”
STORY: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is expecting to be busier on the beach than in the transfer market as he prepares to defend the Premier League title next season.
Mourinho signed striker Diego Costa and midfielder Cesc Fabregas after selling defender David Luiz last year and Chelsea’s new recruits helped the club to a first league title since 2010.
With the majority of his squad in place for next season, Mourinho is not planning much activity this year.
“I expect to be busy walking from my towel in the sand to the water, swim a little bit and be back to the sand again,” Mourinho told a news conference on Friday (May 15).
“Last year, I was very keen to sell some players. This year, the base is to keep the squad.
“I expect us to be a little busy. I like my squad very much — it’s a young squad with space to improve.
“We know what we want and, I repeat, it’s not much.”
Goalkeeper Petr Cech, who has been at Chelsea since 2004, could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge after the 32-year-old’s agent Viktor Kolar said he had been given permission to talk to other clubs.
Cech, who has a year left on his contract, has made 16 appearances this season as back-up to Thibaut Courtois but Mourinho is hopeful the Czech will stay in west London.
“I don’t know this is absolutely true what the agent is saying or maybe it is,” Mourinho said.
“I keep the saying the same; I want my best players and Petr is one of my best players and one of my most important players.
“I expect him to stay because I am positive and optimistic. I have to say I am optimistic he can be here next year.”
Chelsea travel to West Bromwich Albion on Monday (May 18) and could welcome back Spain striker Costa, who has missed the last six weeks with a hamstring injury, but midfielders Ramires and Oscar and defender Kurt Zouma miss out through injury.
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