Soccer by Jose

The Beautiful Game

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"As soon as they landed in the capital from the United States, Ancelotti, Hierro, Casillas and Pepe went to Ciudad Real Madrid. Coentrão, James, Varane and Benzema were training there. The two coaches and two players went to greet the four footballers and congratulated Coentrão for recently becoming a father.” | 3.8.2014 x

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Mourinho has revealed both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were offered new contracts by Chelsea, but concedes their departure was probably the best for everyone.
Mourinho : ‘They were [offered new deals]. We were in this process until the end, but you arrive into a moment [where you ask] what’s the best for the team? What’s the best for the other players? What’s the best for them? And it depends also on their mentality. Lampard and Ashley, they will be until the last day players to compete, to play every game, to be involved. I think they are happier – in spite of their love for Chelsea – in this new situation for them. The best way for competitive people like them to be happy, to enjoy the last part of their career, is to go and play.’

The duo both left Stamford Bridge this summer, ending 13-year and eight-year associations with the club respectively.

stamfordbridge:

Mourinho has revealed both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were offered new contracts by Chelsea, but concedes their departure was probably the best for everyone.

Mourinho : ‘They were [offered new deals]. We were in this process until the end, but you arrive into a moment [where you ask] what’s the best for the team? What’s the best for the other players? What’s the best for them? And it depends also on their mentality. Lampard and Ashley, they will be until the last day players to compete, to play every game, to be involved. I think they are happier – in spite of their love for Chelsea – in this new situation for them. The best way for competitive people like them to be happy, to enjoy the last part of their career, is to go and play.’

The duo both left Stamford Bridge this summer, ending 13-year and eight-year associations with the club respectively.

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stamfordbridge:

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton because the striker did not have the right mentality to compete for a place at the club.
Despite having netted 32 Premier League goals over the last two seasons for Everton and West Brom during the previous campaign, Mourinho remained unconvinced about Lukaku’s abilities.
Mourinho : ‘The thinking was, first of all, the fact that Romelu was always very clear with us that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status. That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us. After that Everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside the Financial Fair Play rules, you have to analyse these situations.’

The Toffees wrapped up a £28million record signing for the Belgium international on a five-year contract on Wednesday after Lukaku spent a successful loan period in Merseyside last season, in which the 21-year-old scored 16 goals for the team.

stamfordbridge:

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he sold Romelu Lukaku to Everton because the striker did not have the right mentality to compete for a place at the club.

Despite having netted 32 Premier League goals over the last two seasons for Everton and West Brom during the previous campaign, Mourinho remained unconvinced about Lukaku’s abilities.

Mourinho : ‘The thinking was, first of all, the fact that Romelu was always very clear with us that in his mentality and his approach he was not highly motivated to come to a competitive situation at Chelsea. He wanted to play for Chelsea but clearly only as the first choice striker – and at a club of our dimension it’s very difficult to promise a player that status. That reduced, immediately, his desire to come to us. After that Everton came with an important offer and because we want to be inside the Financial Fair Play rules, you have to analyse these situations.’

The Toffees wrapped up a £28million record signing for the Belgium international on a five-year contract on Wednesday after Lukaku spent a successful loan period in Merseyside last season, in which the 21-year-old scored 16 goals for the team.