Chelsea have been dealt a fresh blow in their efforts to find a suitable replacement for the under-fire Rafael Benitez after Manuel Pellegrini ruled out a move to Stamford Bridge in the summer. According to the Sun, the Malaga coach has signaled his intentions to see out his contract at the Spanish club to continue the good work and make Malaga a reckoning force in European football. Pellegrini said, “I’m not looking to change club. My main objective is to finish my contract with Malaga and continue the work we have started. I suppose there’s uncertainty about my future because nobody knows the next developments at this club yet.”
The news will force the Blues to reconsider their options as they find themselves unable to find a successor for Benitez. Jose Mourinho has been tipped to return to London at the end of the season but the list of managers rejecting an offer to take over at Chelsea has already included Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Manuel Pellegrini.
Jose Mourinho is heavily tipped to become Chelsea’s next manager and the Portuguese could usher in his transfer legacy at Stamford Bridge by signing Robert Lewandowski. The Express understands that the Real Madrid manager is tracking the Dortmund striker and could ask his new employers in London to sign the Polish international. Lewandowski has been long-term target for Manchester United as Bayern Munich have also been credited with interest in the player.
There is good news in store for all the Chelsea fans as the Daily Mail reports that the Blues are close to sealing a move for Bayer Leverkusen forward Andre Schurrle. Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller reportedly flew down to London this week to finalise the details of the transfer that will cost the London club £20million. Voller said, “It was good to meet Chelsea officials, and the discussions went well, but no decision has been made yet.” Part of the deal could also include allowing Kevin de Bruyne extend his loan spell at the Bundesliga club rather than going ahead the reported £15million move to Dortmund.
John Terry is not a guaranteed starter at Chelsea anymore and as the Blues captain looks on towards the end of his career at Stamford Bridge, Terry has identified David Luiz and Petr Cech as potential players to lead the club in the future. ESPN quotes Terry saying, “Naturally, big Pete (Cech) will get the armband and, hopefully, I have a few years left, but you look at David (Luiz) and he has done incredibly well this year. He has stepped into midfield and been pulled back in certain games. It must be difficult for a player to be pulled left, right and centre but he is capable of doing it. He has the personality of a leader. He pushes the lads.”
As Rafael Benitez has used his rotation policy to shuttle John Terry in and out of the Chelsea starting eleven in recent months, the defender has hit out at his manager’s claims that he has lacked the fitness to be picked on a regular basis. Terry has found Luiz, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic ahead of him in the pecking order but the Blues skipper has insisted that he has been fit for months. The Sun quotes Terry saying, “I accept the rotation system completely and I don’t have a problem with the manager choosing other players in front of me. As long as the manager is straight with me, there are no complaints. But I don’t know where these suggestions have come from. I can definitely play twice a week or even three games if necessary. I’m fit, I’m training every day and I have been for the last three months, so I just want to set that record straight.”