Live updates

Chelsea boss Mourinho rues bizarre red card

Cesc Fabregas was sent off in the first-half. Credit: Reuters

Jose Mourinho has criticised referee Mike Jones after he sent off Cesc Fabregas for kicking a ball at Chris Brunt.

The Catalan saw red after striking the ball into a group of players, hitting the Northern Ireland midfielder on the head.

Where is the danger of the situation, where is the aggression in the situation to get the red card in a friendly game?

I really don't understand. I think (Darren) Fletcher was aggressive, he pushed him (Fabregas) in the chest because he is experienced and knows where he can push for a yellow card. He is much more aggressive than what Fabregas did.

For me a top referee, a stable, big personality and in control of the game, goes there, two or three words and it's done. It's a bizarre red card.

A three game ban for this? Harsh? Of course it's harsh. Why does he have to explain? He doesn't need to explain.

– Jose Mourinho

Advertisement

Chelsea midfielder Fabregas sent off in hilarious fashion

Cesc Fabregas, right, was dismissed. Credit: PA

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas was sent off by referee Mike Jones after kicking the ball into a crowd of players.

Jones was trying to deal with a previous foul, when the Spaniard kicked the ball straight at Chris Brunt's head, leaving Jones not choice but to dismiss the striker.

Cesc Fabregas was ignored by Jose Mourinho. Credit: Reuters

Young talent excites Chelsea boss Mourinho

Jose Mourinho is excited by the young talent coming through at Chelsea, and will play two of his starlets in their final games of the season.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek made his first Premier League start against Liverpool and has come in for special praise from Mourinho.

"This year, the most important title for the academy was Ruben, not the European or FA Youth Cup. It was Ruben," Mourinho explained.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek is set for a second consecutive game. Credit: PA

Midfielder Loftus-Cheek and striker Izzy Brown are both set to feature against West Brom on Monday.

"Izzy Brown - he plays," Mourinho said.

"I want him to be champion and I want him to have his debut for Chelsea in the Premier League at West Brom.

"It means double for him to play for Chelsea, to be champions and to play against his old club."

Chelsea will allow Cech to leave in summer - agent

Petr Cech looks to be on his way out. Credit: PA

Chelsea have allowed goalkeeper Petr Cech to start negotiating with other clubs, his agent has confirmed.

The Czech stopper has been second choice this season, behind Thibaut Courtois, and wants to leave Stamford Bridge in order to find first-team football.

Petr has a valid contract with his current club. However, I can confirm that we have been permitted by Chelsea to negotiate with interested parties and Petr has confirmed his interest to play regularly at a top club.

– Petr Cech's agent Viktor Kolar speaking to talkSPORT

Advertisement

Chelsea goalkeeper Cech in talks with Besiktas

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech is in talks with Turkish club Besiktas according to the player's agent.

The Czech stopper has spent the season playing second fiddle to Thibault Courtois and is expected to depart Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Petr Cech could be off to Turkey. Credit: PA

"I have been in contact with Besiktas, we are in talks," Cech's agent Viktor Kolar told Turkish publication Fanatik.

"Turkey is a choice for Cech, but we will decide when the league is over."

Mourinho: I will never quit as Chelsea manager

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wants to create a dynasty at Stamford Bridge, but says it is unlikely to be his last job in club management.

Mourinho is committed to the Champions. Credit: PA

The old adage about never going back has seemingly been disproved by Mourinho, with the Portuguese last weekend leading the Blues to a first Premier League title in five years.

The league crown complemented March's Capital One Cup triumph and looks to be just the start of a period of dominance in west London.

After fleeting, successful spells at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid, Mourinho is ready to put down roots and is committed to Roman Abramovich's Chelsea for the long term.

I didn't say it at Inter because I didn't want. I didn't stay at Real because I didn't want. I want to stay here. I want to stay here. That is why I say I am in Mr Abamovich's hands... he has no pressure.

He doesn't need to give me a contract tomorrow. He doesn't need to give me more money. He doesn't need to be worried that some club is knocking on my door. He doesn't have to be worried with anything. It's just him.

When he wants me, I am staying. When he doesn't want me, I am going. So simple for him, so simple for me.

– Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

Chelsea want to keep Arsenal target Cech at the club

Petr Cech will not be going anywhere if Jose Mourinho gets his way, even if it means upsetting the long-serving Chelsea goalkeeper.

Mourinho would prefer to keep Cech on board. Credit: PA

This has been a difficult campaign for the 32-year-old, having been displaced as first-choice goalkeeper at Stamford Bridge after 10 seasons.

Mourinho has plumped for Thibaut Courtois more often than not this term, leaving the Czech international understandably frustrated not to be playing a more regular role.

Arsenal have been strongly linked with a summer move, but Mourinho wants Cech to remain at Stamford Bridge and certainly does not want him going to another Premier League side.

"One thing is Jose Mourinho and another is Mr Abramovich and another thing is the board because the board includes a little bit of me, a little bit of other people," he said.

"But if it was me, if it was my decision, my decision is Petr to stay. That's it. It would be my decision for Petr to stay."

Load more updates