The reports of Roman Abramovich flying to Russia to personally seal the deal for the Belgian midfielder, Axel Witsel may not be true after all!
Jose Mourinho has been doing a lot of talking regarding our summer transfer window and all the rumors that are connected to Chelsea. The Axel Witsel to Chelsea thing is just a rumor though, according to “the special one”!
Talking about our midfield options, Jose made it pretty clear that we have enough players in that position and there’s no need for an addition:
“At this moment we don’t want [midfield] players. At this moment we have Nemanja Matic, Ramires, Cesc Fàbregas, [John Obi] Mikel, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Oscar.
“Six midfield players. I have no space for midfield players.
“So if somebody talks about midfield players, it’s not true.
Oscar primarily plays as a No. 10 so, if we exclude him, we still have 5 players for 2 positions in Central Midfield. Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas are sure starters while John Obi Mikel will probably be a backup to Matic. Ramires will most probably cover a variety of positions from Central Midfield to Right-Wing to the Shuttler role in a 4-3-3 while, Ruben Loftus-Cheek will gradually make his way into the line-up.
There you go! Our Central Midfield looks pretty good on paper. Although, Mourinho trusting his bench strength to start a Premier League game is an entirely different question altogether!
But, the transfer is still open for over a month so, what if one of our midfielders, say, John Obi Mikel, decides to leave us?
“But there is always a risk that somebody comes for one of our players, or one of our players shows an interest in leaving and we must be ready to answer.”
Source – DailyStar
Mourinho insists that if one of our players does decide to leave, we will be ready to sign a replacement for him. At the moment, we have a settled squad and the manager doesn’t want to make any wholesale changes. It will definitely be a challenge to defend the title with basically the same group especially when our rivals are hell bent in spending big! Can’t wait for the season to kick-off!
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