Saturday’s biggest Chelsea news and transfer rumour roundup.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says it was not his decision to sign defender Papy Djilobodji, 26, from Nantes on transfer deadline day, The Independent reports.
The 26-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge in a £4m deal in an effort to bolster the Blues’ defensive options after they failed to sign Everton centre back John Stones, despite tabling several bids for the Englishman.
Tottenham Hotspur are open to entering a Wembley ground share agreement with Chelsea to avoid the London clubs trying to outbid each other, The Telegraph reports.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hinted John Stones may still leave Goodison Park, the Daily Express reports.
The Toffees resisted Chelsea’s hunt for Stones during the transfer window.
Jose Mourinho has confirmed Thibaut Courtois is out for a “long, long time” with a knee injury, the Daily Mirror reports.
In a huge setback for the champions, goalkeeper Courtois suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee in training on Wednesday and had surgery yesterday.
Jose Mourinho says his job at Chelsea is safe – and vowed he will not walk away, the Daily Express reports.
Chelsea go into today’s clash with Everton at Goodison Park with just one win from the first four games of their title defence – and with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois ruled out for four months after knee surgery.