The latest Chelsea transfer news including a mutual snub regarding Mehdi Benatia, the possibility of Sami Khedira being back on and how good Diego Costa is.
Chelsea are not interested in AS Roma centre back Mehdi Benatia, according to Blues boss Jose Mourinho who goes on to list four players tasked with first team responsibility this season and one youth prospect as sufficient reason to not require rearguard reinforcements.
He is quoted to have said: "We are not interested. We have John [Terry], [Gary] Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic and [Kurt] Zouma. We want [Andreas] Christensen, step by step, training, playing with the Under-21’s and training with us a first team squad member. We are fine."
The news coincides with a statement released on Tuttomercatoweb that indicates the player is content to stay with manager Rudi Garcia at Stadio Olimpico: "Benatia to Chelsea? This is not true. As far as we’re concerned these are just market rumours. Will his future be with Roma? I would say yes."
Meanwhile, there is the possibility that Sami Khedira to Stamford Bridge stories could soon resurface. Yesterday, it was reported that Mourinho had been in contact with the German over a transfer… although he implored the midfielder to do so next summer, rather than this.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti, though, effectively sent a message last night during Los Blancos's 2-0 Super Cup victory over Sevilla. With Khedira not even making the substitutes bench, the Italian implied that he was not needed to win trophies - despite being a Champions League and World Cup winner himself. The Spanish press reacted to the news here.
Diego Costa, one of the most feared players inside an opponent's penalty box last season, is not just a goal-scorer, according to Mourinho, who has lauded his summer signing.
"What can we expect [from Diego Costa?]," he was asked. "Diego is a team player who works hard, he’s not just about goals. It’s about his defensive work, mentality and ambition.
"This is the player we bought and we were waiting for since last season. This is why we didn’t buy a striker in the winter market. We were waiting for him, we have him and hopefully everything goes well.
"He looks adapted to the team, and the Premier League - not just Chelsea - should be happy. Sometimes we lose important players going to other countries and sometimes we bring new top players here.
"You can consider him [a bargain] because the market is crazy and the values are very high. For a striker like him, a champion in Spain, a Champions League finalist, a 25-year-old, we consider the price was very much in our favour."
And finally, Didier Drogba could return to first team duty on Monday.