Jose Mourinho wants to have face-to-face discussions with a number of his Chelsea players, including John Terry, David Luiz, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres, to determine their futures at Stamford Bridge, the
Questions over the future of the quartet have been raised and the new manager wants to speak with each of them when the players return to the club for pre-season training next month, the newspaper adds.
There is a feeling at Chelsea that the club needs to focus more on producing its own players rather than buying in expensive new recruits, and Mourinho spoke on Monday of some of the younger talent contracted to the club during his first press conference since his Chelsea return was confirmed.
But Mourinho stressed he needs to get to know the players he has at hand, including those left over from his first spell at the club, which ended in 2007, because they are likely to have changed in the past six years.
“I have to start working with them,” Mourinho said. “Even the players I’ve already worked with, the ones I think I know in every aspect, even these ones are not the same.
“Time changes people, changes players, changes qualities: improving some, losing others. So even that group of five or six boys from my time here, I need to meet them again.”
The Portuguese added that he has as much work to do with the rest of the squad as, despite paying attention to Chelsea’s fixtures and results last season, it is different to work up close together.
“With the others, I think I know them, because I watch them on television maybe 20 times every season minimum, but I don’t know them,” Mourinho admitted. “I’ll only know them when I meet them and work with them. That’s the first part of the job.”
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