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manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he is considering a move for Monaco
striker Radamel Falcao this summer.
With Samuel Eto’o out of contract at the end of the season and Fernando Torres
failing to recapture his best goalscoring form Mourinho is keen to add more
firepower to his frontline.
Falcao, who is a doubt for the World Cup after suffering a knee ligament
injury, joined Monaco for £50m from Atletico Madrid last summer and is
rumoured to be unhappy in France.
“I have a team but no striker,” said Mourinho in an interview on the French
television programme Canal Football Club. “A player like him can’t
play in front of 3,000 people. Monaco is a club to end [your career with].”
Mourinho has also been linked with moves for Paris Saint-Germain duo Edinson
Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but appeared to quash both prospects, also
ruling out using Eden Hazard in a swap deal for Cavani.
“Eden is our boy,” Mourinho said. “We want him to stay for 10 years. We want
to build the team around him. He’s a player with the style of football that
we want to have in our team.”
“Zlatan to Chelsea? It’s impossible. He’s happy at Paris. I know
because he is my friend and we are in touch. PSG, with all its wealth, would
never open the door. That’s mission impossible.”
Chelsea face Galatasaray in Istanbul in the Champions
League on Wednesday, and believes his older players have a key part
to play in the tie.
“These older players in Chelsea they have a big history in the Champions
League. They’ve experienced everything in the Champions League.
“The most important thing for us in the Champions League is to have a feeling
of knockout Champions League for the players that never did it.
“This is the first time that they play, some of them. Oscar and Hazard and
these kind of guys.”
Terry converted Lampard’s free-kick in stoppage time for Chelsea to beat
Everton 1-0 on Saturday and consolidate their position at the top of the
Premier League. Both players, and Ashley Cole, are out of contract at the
end of this season.
Mourinho expects Terry and Lampard to be offered new deals and has previously
spoken of anticipating an offer to be made to Cole, too, despite the
left-back being out of favour at present.
“If they get a contract in this club, which probably they will, they will do
based on performance, based on the quality they are showing,” Mourinho added.
“It will not be because they are legends or because we owe them something or
because they want to stay here at any cost. They are performing.”