Mourinho insists Mata and Luiz won’t leave Chelsea ; plays mind games with Rooney
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that Juan Mata and David Luiz won’t be sold, while he had some suggestion in store for Wayne Rooney.
Although Chelsea have come out with an official statement, where they have rubbished claims that Juan Mata was offered to Manchester United, in a swap deal for Wayne Rooney, the media continued its speculations regarding the future of the Spaniard at the London club. There are also question marks about what remains in store for Brazilian defender David Luiz under the new regime. But Jose Mourinho has dismissed every rumours regarding the Chelsea duo, insisting they won’t be sold this summer.
Mourinho faced questions regarding Mata and Luiz from the press as the club started their preseason tour of Malaysia. When asked about the possibility of Chelsea selling the duo, he said –
“No chance. No chance.”
Meanwhile, when asked about whether the upcoming World Cup would provide extra motivation for the players this season, Mourinho stated that players who are a second choice at their respective club ‘are in trouble’, in what is believed to be a comment directed towards Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
“Any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice in their club they are in trouble. They are in trouble.” – The Chelsea manager said.
This statement comes at a time when Rooney is reportedly unhappy about David Moyes’ recent comments where the United manager stated that he is their back-up for Robin van Persie. There is a possibility that Mourinho’s statement wasn’t directed towards Rooney, but those who have witness the Portuguese manager’s capabilities as playing mind games would believe otherwise.
New Chelsea goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer, who arrived from Fulham few days back, has also welcomed the club’s move for Wayne Rooney and has no doubts that he will prove to be a brilliant addition to the squad, if the London club manages to strike a deal.
“I think over the years Chelsea have shown a tremendous amount of ambition and that just continues now by bidding for one of the top players in English football.
“The club always wants to continue to go forward and that is what is very exciting about being here.
“He is definitely one of the best strikers in the world without a doubt and he would be an asset to any side.” – The Australian custodian was quoted in press.
Liverpool manager believes Suarez will stay ; Arsenal striker welcomes interest in Suarez
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has stated that Luis Suarez is unlikely to leave the club, while Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud has welcomed the club’s interest in the Uruguayan international.
Luis Suarez’s future has been up for speculation ever since he disclosed his desire to leave the club. Initially Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were linked with Suarez, but the German club’s interest seemed to have faded away with time. Real Madrid is still in the race for his signature, but the striker has recently drawn interest from Chelsea and Arsenal. Reports suggested that the Gunners’ first offer of £30m has been turned down by Liverpool, although the London side are expected to return with an improved offer. But Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers’ insists that the striker is unlikely to leave the club, despite all the speculations, “unless something drastic happens”.
“He is a wonderful player and he is still very much a Liverpool player. No matter who the player is, nobody is bigger than Liverpool Football Club.
“Luis is a very important member of this squad and I am looking forward to working with him again this season.
“There has been lots of speculation about Luis moving to another club but, as I said, he is very much a Liverpool player.
“We had an offer that was nowhere near what we value him at. Of course he wants to work and play at the top level.
“But unless something drastic happens, he will be staying here. He has got three years left on his contract.” – The Liverpool manager told the press.
Meanwhile, Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud has expressed his delight at the club being linked with a world class player like Suarez. The Frenchman is confident of forming a strong partnership with the Uruguayan forward and isn’t afraid of facing competition for a place in the starting eleven.
“Luis is someone with whom I could form a good understanding on the pitch.
“So I am in favour of him coming to Arsenal and I am not afraid of the competition for places his arrival would bring about.
“Arsenal’s aim for the new season will be to qualify for the Champions League.
“And, given the fact that our rivals have changed their coaching staffs, I don’t see why we can’t challenge for the title.” – Giroud said.