• Wednesday, July 24, 2024
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Mourinho set to axe Mikel, Moses


The British media is awash with stories that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to do away with the services of his Nigerian charges, John Obi Mikel and Victor Moses.

Mikel has made 26 league appearances for Chelsea this season but has found first-team opportunities increasingly restricted following the arrival to the club, in January of Serbian midfielder, Nemanja Matic.

Moses was hurled off to Liverpool on a season-long loan deal last summer but has hardly featured for Brendan Rodgers’ high flyers with Raheem Sterling and Phillipe Coutinho in audacious form.

Authoritative British newspaper, The Standard, reports that Chelsea are planning a mass clear-out of more than 10 players in the summer, with Mikel, Moses, Fernando Torres and Ashley Cole all set to leave.

Mourinho admitted after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace that changes had to be made in order to improve the squad for next season.

Anxious to adapt to Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, the club want to bring down their wage bill, which means they are prepared to sell some of the 28 players currently loaned out including Moses.

Mikel has found himself frozen out since Matic joined for £21 million in January and Chelsea hope he can command a large fee because he has three years left on his contract.

Chelsea are also confident they can make a significant profit on their loan players and Moses, who cost €11.5 million in 2012, and who is not part of the Chelsea coach’s plans; so a permanent move will be sought for the Nigerian.

Mourinho left little to the imagination when he dropped the strongest possible hint yet of the expected traffic at the club at the end of the season.

“We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window.

“Normally at the end of the season, players that are not playing a lot or who are not happy and prefer a change, that is also part of the market,” he said at his post-match press conference after Chelsea lost 0-1 to Crystal Palace at the weekend.