Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has highlighted those who make it difficult for young players to come through the ranks.

The Blues boss is set to unleash Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Izzy Brown and possibly Nathan Ake in Monday night’s clash with West Bromwich Albion but the Portuguese says their development has not been without its glitches from outside influences.

“The most difficult thing in bringing a teenage player through? In modern football, the agents and the parents,” said Mourinho.

“When the players are almost there and in the process of being almost there, they (parents and agents) think they are already there.

“They make the players think they have arrived when they haven’t. They think about money before the career starts, and everything gets very confused.

“That doesn’t help the players. They need stability.”

He added: “But to be in a big team and reach the level to be playing regularly for the first team, you need time and stability. We try to give that to our boys.”

Free agent Antonio Cassano admits he’d like to join Sampdoria or AS Monaco.

Cassano left Parma earlier this season.

“I’d love to come back to Sampdoria and aim for a place at the 2016 European Championships,” he told Rai Sport show Dribbling.

“Alternatively, I’d like to play for Monaco.”

claim that Jose Mourinho is prepared to spend big to secure the Belgian International’s services, stretching to £30m if needs be.

And given Diego Costa’s injury-studded first season, it’s imperitive a striker like Benteke is brought in to help lessen the goal-scoring burden.

The 24-year-old has been in incredible form for Villa of late, scoring 11 goals in his last nine games for the club.

However, Mourinho will have to act swiftly as Liverpool are also rumoured to be in for the Belgian target man.

Mourinho reportedly sees Benteke as a long-term successor for Didier Drogba, and will give the Blues some much-needed attacking depth.

Steve McClaren will not answer an SOS call from Newcastle United to take over in time for the final three games of this season.

Newcastle sounded McClaren out on Sunday over the prospect of immediately taking over as manager and trying to secure the club’s Premier League future.


But McClaren does not want to go in as a fire fighter for the last three games against West Bromwich Albion, Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United.

Despite a run of eight consecutive Premier League defeats that has left Newcastle fighting against relegation, head coach John Carver still has support from within the club’s board.

McClaren is poised to meet Derby County chiefs over his Rams future after the Championship club missed out on a place in the play-offs.

The 52-year-old is the highest paid manager in the Premier League, taking home around £8.5million a season.

And after leading the Blues to their first title triumph in five years, Mourinho is set to be handsomely rewarded.

The report that while nothing has been formally agreed, he is in advanced talks over signing a new deal.

They claim that Mourinho could also be in line for a pay rise which could make him the game’s top earning manager.

Mourinho has already made it clear his desire to stay at Chelsea.

And it seems Roman Abramovich has softened since Mourinho’s first spell in charge of the Blues when the Portuguese tactician left after his first spell in charge of the club in September 2007.

Mourinho’s current deal expires in 2017.

The Brazilian accepts the Catalans have a big advantage over Bayern in the Champions League, but says they won’t take their foot off the gas

says  will treat the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against  as if it is "the last game of their lives".

Barca are now firm favourites to reach the final but, despite acknowledging their advantage, Neymar says the team won’t take their foot off the gas.

"We will go to Germany and play as though it’s the last game of our lives," the Brazilian forward told reporters. "We have taken a big step forward but we must also be calm and show humility."

Barca midfielder Ivan Rakitic also gave his reaction to the result and joined those hailing the genius of Messi, .

"People will say that I’m exaggerating but Messi is a true example of the difference between great players and unique players," he told .

"We are delighted with his performance and his goals. We deserved this result."

The Croatia star also echoed the sentiments of Neymar in insisting Barca would go all out for victory at the Allianz Arena next Tuesday.

"Bayern showed against Porto what they can do in the second leg after losing the first game. We know their coach and style of play and they’ll want to take advantage of being at home.

"But we don’t want to slow down our pace and we will be looking for opportunities to score goals." 

boss Sam Allardyce has slammed calls for the sacking of manager Nigel Pearson.

Pearson is underfire after branding a journalist an "ostrich" in a tense exchange.

Allardyce wrote in the : "Nigel was assistant manager with me at Newcastle and I know how passionate he is about football. It’s his life.

"I enjoyed my time with him and I was surprised he hadn’t been a manager before then.

"As a manager, his reaction probably wasn’t the right thing but it happens. He has to learn from it. Having had time to calm down, Nigel did at least apologise to the journalist during another press conference yesterday.

"Some people, though, have been suggesting it was a sackable offence, which is ridiculous."

The former Liverpool man was mesmerised by the Argentine’s performance as he tore through Bayern Munich, scoring twice and setting up Neymar.

Barca came through 3-0 winners and have all but booked their place in the final.

And Lawrenson says it was a pleasure just to be at the stadium tonight.

He said: "You just can’t underestimate the brilliance of Lionel Messi, the best in the world and possibly the best I have ever seen in my life.

"Sometimes in sport and in life there is no answer to brilliance. Bayern had no answer to Messi’s goal in the 77th and 80th minute.

"It has been a privilege to be at this game. To watch somebody like him do what he has done to Bayern is ability at its very best."

Cesc Fabregas has claimed that Jose Mourinho has an “edge” over Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola when it comes to winning and is the best manager he has played for.

Chelsea clinched the Premier League title on Sunday, meaning Mourinho averages a trophy every 34 games in his managerial career and has won eight championships in four different countries.

This was the first time Fabregas has won the Premier League title, having lifted the FA Cup at Arsenal and won La Liga and the Copa del Rey at Barcelona.

Like Mourinho, Arsenal manager Wenger has won three Premier League titles. Guardiola secured three La Liga titles while he was in charge at Barca and has won the Bundesliga twice with Bayern Munich.


“He (Mourinho) just loves winning,” said Fabregas. “I’m not saying other managers I have played under don’t, but he has some edge that goes above anyone else I have ever been with.

“The mentality he shows in every single training session, or game, I now understand why he has won what he has won in his career. He’s the best manager and he has to get results and he always manages to do that.”


Asked whether Mourinho has a magic touch, Fabregas replied: “Yes, 100 per cent. He knows how to manage a team, he knows how to get the best out of you and that’s what you want from a manager.

“A manager that can motivate a player every three days, when you play 60 games a season, it is not easy. Trust me. Everyone thinks that we have a big squad, but we don’t, 22 players, and some of them are from the academy, and Under-21s. So it’s not easy. He actually is doing a fantastic job.”


In terms of his club career, Fabregas, who has won the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, rates this season’s Premier League success as one of his top three achievements – in which Arsenal do not feature.

“This (Chelsea’s title success) is in the top three for sure,” said Fabregas. “Winning the title with Barca, getting 100 points with Barca was amazing, I played 36 games then, I played 32 games here, champions, so obviously you feel important and that’s what you want as a player. You want to feel part of it and that’s what I’m doing at Chelsea.”

Fabregas was handed the responsibility of giving the dressing-room speech to the rest of the Chelsea squad ahead of the Crystal Palace game and could be in line to take over the club’s vice-captaincy if, as expected, goalkeeper Petr Cech leaves in the summer.

Having turned 28 on Monday, Fabregas is one of the more senior players in the Chelsea squad and believes the team can win plenty more silverware together.


“Before every game, a player gives a speech and the manager allows me to feel like a leader, to feel important to the team, and that is always good for a player to feel like you have the confidence of the manager,” said Fabergas.

“It was me who gave the speech before the Palace game. It was a special one, but I cannot say what I said. It worked, so, yes, I am happy.

“In terms of age, I’m getting more to the top of the group than to the middle. But I have always said since the beginning of the season that it is a very young, talented team. That as well was one of the reasons that made me sign for the club, because, potentially, this team can be one of the best in Europe.”

Eden Hazard crowned a brilliant personal season that saw him win the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award by scoring the goal that secured the title for Chelsea against Palace.


“Eden’s had a fantastic season, I just want for him to do it again next year and to be even better,” said Fabregas. “He’s the main guy. In my mind, he is the guy that makes this team better than it is.

“Next year he has to prove himself in the Champions League as well because he is capable of that and I am sure he will give many big nights of glory to this club.”

Asked specifically if Hazard can be a special player, such as his close friend Lionel Messi, Fabregas added: “He can be one of those, for sure. He can be up there, for sure.”

Meanwhile, Chelsea captain John Terry insists he will not “embarrass” himself and will know when to hang his boots up before anybody else.


Terry has played every minute of every game of Chelsea’s Premier League title success, making a mockery of Rafa Benitez’s assessment that the defender could not play two games in a week.

“There will come a point when enough is enough, but I’ll know when that is and I’ll be the first to say ‘Listen, I can’t do this no more’, said 34-year-old Terry. “The last thing I want to do is go out there and get embarrassed every week. It will be for me to say and I’ll make sure I’m ahead of everyone else.”

During his time as Chelsea’s interim manager in the 2012/13 season, Benitez dropped Terry and suggested he could no long cope with the physical demands of playing two or three times a week.

“He said I couldn’t play two games a week, let alone three and I’ve played every minute of every Premier League game this season,” said Terry. “I don’t need to stand here and prove him wrong. My football’s done that for my whole career.


“That’s his opinion and as a player you have to respect that. But it’s nice to respond the way I have in the last two years. I’ve played every minute of every game this year and I hope to go on and play every minute of every game until the end. It will be even more special.

“Even at school, it was my mentality to prove people wrong. That’s my mentality. Even in life you have to bounce back and respond. At times I’ve had to do that. I’ve had to dig deep and I feel as if I’ve done that in my career.

“When people write you off, it does spur you on for sure. It’s not nice to read when you’ve been at the top for so long. I know there will be a point when that’s it.”

have crept within four points of but midfielder insists that the Saints are only looking forward.

The Saints’ 2-1 defeat against on Saturday means that they are still stuck in seventh spot, a solitary point behind the automatic Europa League qualifying spot, and only four clear of the eighth-placed Swans.

can gain automatic qualification to Europe’s second tier club competition by hauling in sixth-placed and Davis is determined to keep pushing forward in the final three matches of the campaign.

“We’ve just got to keep plugging away and see where it takes us,” he said.

“With four games to go, it was important for us to get a result [at ] and we’re disappointed not to get anything from the game.

“We know it’s difficult in the Premier League, but we managed to put a few good runs together throughout the course of the season and hopefully we can do that again.

“They’ve crept up well to be fair and have been really strong second half of the season, but we’re not looking behind us – we’re looking in front of us and just trying to finish the season as strong as possible.”

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