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Why Jose Mourinho Needs Daniele De Rossi for His New Look Chelsea Side

For a manager who has been immensely successful in his 11-year managerial career to date, it will hardly be a surprise to learn that when Jose Mourinho wants something, he usually gets it.

Whether it's a player, a specific job role or even a trophy that has somehow slipped through his hands, the Portuguese coach rarely comes out empty-handed. And when he does, he makes the public know of his dissatisfaction.

He allegedly wanted to sign goalkeeper Diego Lopez at the start of his Real Madrid reign, but according to Mourinho, he "did not try hard enough to sign him," per ESPN.

During his successful stint at the capital club's Serie A rivals Inter Milan, Mourinho built a strong, hard-working side that managed two Scudettos, one Coppa Italia and, of course, the Champions League three years ago. 

The former Porto coach wanted to sign a new workhorse for the centre of the park, and Roma's dynamic midfielder Daniele De Rossi fit the bill. To this day, he is a special case because the World Cup Winner is the one who got away.

Not once, but twice.

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Triumph: Mourinho tried to sign De Rossi at Inter Milan, but failed.

As far as Mourinho was concerned, De Rossi was the missing part of the jigsaw at the San Siro. Of course, he had the likes of Wesley Sneijder and Esteban Cambiasso in the midfield, and he was fortunate to have such talent at his disposal.

However, having the Italy midfield general in there would have made them unstoppable. And for a coach so obsessed with achieving perfection, missing out on De Rossi was a big blow.

Now at Chelsea for a second time, Mourinho has the chance to make amends and have a third attempt at bringing the 29-year-old to his squad, per The Mirror. Roma have already brought in Dutch international Kevin Strootman as a replacement, giving Chelsea the green light to make a reported £11 million move, per The Daily Mail

The same article also shows that the academy graduate was not named in the Giallorossi's summer training squad. And while that is because the fiery holding midfielder has been given a prolonged rest due to his Confederations Cup commitments, it only fuels speculation that he is to end his 13-year association with the club.

De Rossi resembles the perfect combination for a midfielder, possessing equal levels of grit and finesse, something of a rarity in modern football. 

Never pulling out of a challenge is a habit which, even at the age of 29, he has never removed from his game. It's refreshing to see players with that kind of determination, such as former Blues enforcer Raul Meireles, who goes out there with the mentality of winning the ball back at all costs.

Just like the Fenerbahce star, De Rossi has certainly earned himself a reputation for falling out of line when it comes to discipline. A straight red card for elbowing USA's Brian McBride in the 2006 World Cup has been followed up with some infamous moments for the Italy star.

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Seeing Red: De Rossi's was sent off for elbowing USA's Brian McBride in the 2006 World Cup

Nevertheless, he could be the kind of player needed in the centre of their 4-2-3-1 setup. Other than the odd red card, Frank Lampard is renowned for his goals and not disciplinary points. John Obi Mikel is fairly consistent at putting in an average performance, but that's not enough for the Blues.

Ramires is the engine of the side, chasing the ball and covering every blade of grass, and while he is certain to pick up the cards, along with Michael Essien, neither tick the "hard man" box which Mourinho requires.

But moving away from his aggressive style of football, De Rossi has shown time and time again how he has a consistent and important figure on the pitch. 

Even despite the fact that Francesco Totti has long been the club's captain, De Rossi has been something similar to a co-captain, with his voice and influence certainly felt on the pitch.

A born and bred Roman, he contains the kind of passion and desire to win that most footballers should have. Mourinho loves to have winners on his side, players who never give up, and the 90-cap man certainly fits the description.

Equally, this could be a move that changes De Rossi's career. A two-time winner of the Coppa Italia, De Rossi has never won a Serie A title, with Roma incredibly finishing as runners-up five times in between 2003 and 2010.

However, since the arrival of their American owners, the Serie A outfit has experienced a downturn in fortunes, with several of their expensive arrivals failing to deliver the goods.

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As a result, Roma finished off the pace in a below-par sixth position, out of the European places, and with De Rossi only making 29 appearances all season—his lowest total since the 2003-04 season—now could be the right time to move on, albeit with a heavy heart.

Certainly at Chelsea, who have won the Premier League three times in the last nine seasons, De Rossi could finally win a domestic league title.

Perhaps, the Blues may even be in the hunt for the Champions League too under the Portuguese coach, with the signings of Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer adding extra quality to the squad for next season.

And if Mourinho is to have another crack at winning World Football's most coveted prize at club level, is there a better player more suited for the Blues than a World Cup winning midfielder costing just £11 million?

I guess if the Italian shoe fits, wear it.  

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