Chelsea Transfer News: Latest Updates on Juan Mata, Kevin de Bruyne and Ramires
A new manager always means significant player movement. Hiring Jose Mourinho is no different.
"The Special One" will want to make sure that Chelsea has the kind of players he feels will be necessary to succeed. If that means he needs to buy new players, then it's time for Roman Abramovich to reach into his deep pockets. If a player is deemed unnecessary, then that player better pack his bags.
This summer should be very active at Stamford Bridge.
Here are three players, though, who don't seem to be going anywhere.
Juan Mata's future at Chelsea isn't going to be decided before the Confederations Cup is over, at least according to Goal's Greg Stobart. He spoke with a source close to Mata:
The last thing he expected this summer was to be wondering about his future.
He loves playing for Chelsea but nobody likes to hear that the coach might not like them. He is asking himself ‘where have these stories come from?’
For now, he is focused on the Confederations Cup but it needs to be addressed when the tournament finishes.
There is virtually no way Mata will leave Chelsea this summer. They know exactly how valuable he is and what it would mean to lose a player of his quality.
Mata had a part in 28 of the Blues' 75 Premier League goals last season. He scored 11 goals and added 17 assists.
That's a pretty hefty percentage for just one player. It's just a testament to his incredible talent.
The 25-year-old winger is versatile as well. You can play him on either side of the pitch or even in a central attacking position.
Selling Mata for just about any price would be a questionable move. Mourinho might want to bring in his own players, but it's hard to envision that he would believe Mata to be surplus to requirements.
Kevin de Bruyne
One player who will be fighting for a place on the first team next season is Kevin de Bruyne. The 21-year-old Belgian did very well on loan at Werder Bremen, scoring 10 goals and assisting on another nine.
It's the kind of form that makes you wonder what he's capable of doing at Stamford Bridge. It appears Mourinho has already spoken to the player about what his role will be in 2013-14.
Goal's Ed Aarons spoke with de Bruyne's agent, Patrick de Koster:
Kevin spoke to Jose Mourinho on the phone while he was in America and he clearly expressed that he wants him to play a part at Chelsea next season,
Mourinho told him that he wants to make him a better player and this is very good news.
The desire of Kevin is just to play football and now he has received the news that Mourinho sees a role for him at Chelsea, he is very happy to stay.
He is back from his holiday this weekend and Kevin has been told to report back for pre-season training at Stamford Bridge on July 8.
On one hand, you question what kind of impact de Bruyne will be able to have next season. There are plenty of players who have already established themselves at Stamford Bridge, whether it's Mata, Eden Hazard or Oscar. How exactly is de Bruyne going to be able to fit in?
Then again, de Koster seemed pretty confident about how Mourinho will handle the youngster. The agent just as easily could have said that his client wants to move on, which would mean a new deal for the player and more money for the agent.
Another player who's been assured of his place on the team is Ramires. The Daily Mirror's Martin Lipton reported Ramires has spoken with Mourinho as well, and been told he won't be considered surplus:
I’m hugely excited about getting down to work with Mourinho.
He called me a few days ago, out of the blue, which was a surprise to me.
We talked a lot and he said a lot of nice things to me, including the fact that he tried to sign me from Benfica when he was at both Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Mourinho told me he was very happy to have me at Chelsea. I was very glad to hear that and told him he can count on me.
I said, ‘I’ll do everything in my power to help you be victorious in this new spell at the club.’
Like Mata, Ramires has become an integral player at Chelsea. It would have been shocking to see the club make him available this summer.
The 26-year-old midfielder started out at Chelsea as more of a defensive midfielder/ball-winner. Now he's much more of a box-to-box midfielder capable of making dangerous forward runs.
He's not a natural CDM, but without Mikel, he and Michael Essien would be the only players at Stamford Bridge capable of playing the position. Mourinho could move David Luiz out of the back four to solve that dilemma.
Even if Mourinho chooses to do that, Ramires would remain a key player for the Blues. It would be very difficult to find a replacement.
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