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Jose Mourinho: Chelsea will always be in my heart

Chelsea remain in my heart, says Mourinho as Abramovich closes in on deal to bring back Special One

By
Richard Sharpe

PUBLISHED:

14:04 GMT, 26 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:09 GMT, 26 March 2013

Jose Mourinho has fuelled speculation he will return to Chelsea next season, saying the club remains in his heart and he has 'big emotional connections' with Stamford Bridge.

It comes amid rumours that a deal to bring the Portuguese back to the London club is as good as complete following discussions with owner Roman Abramovich.

Tellingly, the Real Madrid manager played down persistent rumours he will join Manchester United, calling it 'Sir Alex's Kingdom' and willing Ferguson to continue in the job for many years to come.

Return: Jose Mourinho has said Chelsea remains 'in his heart' as speculation of a second spell at Stamford Bridge grows

Return: Jose Mourinho has said Chelsea remains 'in his heart' as speculation of a second spell at Stamford Bridge grows

In an interview with Sky Sports News recorded in London, Mourinho said: 'I can't deny in spite of this disgraceful weather I love it here and I have a house.

'I have big emotional connections with Chelsea, and one day I think naturally I have to be back to English football to Chelsea or another club.

'Chelsea means for me different than other clubs. It's in my heart as Inter is for example. One day I have to be back.'

Mourinho had been due to return to Stamford Bridge last night, as Brazil played Russia in a friendly match.

Despite being on the guest list of the Brazilian FA, there were no sightings of the 50-year-old in the stands.

However, it is now widely reported that a deal to replace Rafa Benitez at his former club is close to being agreed.

Good times: Mourinho with his Chelsea team after winning the Premier League title in 2005

Good times: Mourinho with his Chelsea team after winning the Premier League title in 2005

Reunion: Mourinho is believed to be close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

Reunion: Mourinho is believed to be close to agreeing a deal with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich

In the long-term though, many believe he will succeed Ferguson at Old Trafford when he eventually retires.

On the subject, Mourinho said: 'I was in Manchester three weeks ago with much nicer weather.

'I had a lot of fun with Sir Alex, texting him on the day of the match – I said, 'what is this fantastic sunny weather in Manchester' It was really good.

'I think Manchester is Sir Alex's Kingdom and I would love that job to be forever, of course it can't but I would love it for many more years.

'In the other chair is Roberto Mancini, with a contract, he was champion last year so I don't think there is a move over there.

Kingdom: Mourinho said he wished his friend Sir Alex Ferguson could carry on forever at Manchester United

Kingdom: Mourinho said he wished his friend Sir Alex Ferguson could carry on forever at Manchester United

'I hope everything goes well for everybody, even Benitez. I hope everybody finishes the season well. I wish for them the same I wish for myself to finish the season well.'

Mourinho added he still has unfinished business with Real between now and the end of the season.

'At the end of the day, I am in Madrid and I am very committed to the rest of the season.

'We are in the last eight of the Champions League and we have a [Copa del Rey] final to play with Atletico.

'I am professional and at the moment I only think about my job in Madrid.'

David Moyes to discuss Everton future at end of season

Moyes puts Everton contract talks on hold to open the door to Chelsea job

By
Dominic King

PUBLISHED:

11:57 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:54 GMT, 15 February 2013

David Moyes has pushed his contract talks back to prevent anything distracting Everton’s bid to qualify for Europe.

The Everton manager has four months left on his current deal and had
indicated he would discuss his future with chairman Bill Kenwright once
the January transfer window had closed, but those talks have been
delayed until the end of the season.

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

On ice: David Moyes will wait until the end of the season before discussing his future at Everton

Moyes, who earlier this season hinted of his desire to one day test
himself as a coach in Europe, has made it clear all along that decisions
on whether he extends his 11-year tenure at Goodison Park will not be
based on personal reward.

He wants to see whether Everton can keep progressing as a club by returning to Europe for the first time since 2009 and his latest comments are sure to alert Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.

‘I’ve had a chat with Bill but my
main reason (for delaying) is I want to see how the team do,’ said
Moyes. ‘I want to see if we’ve got a realistic chance of getting in
Europe, or if we can get to a cup final. I want to see how well we
progress and what we do. I think that’s fair for the club as well.

‘I’m straight with Bill and I tell
him my thoughts. I want it to be purely football now until the end of
the season. I don’t want anything to get in the way and I would hate to
think anything to do with me would. So because of that I’m saying I’ll
be looking to see it in the summer.

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Bouncing back: Robin van Persie (right) scored Manchester United's second against Everton

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

Powerless: Everton's star man Marouane Fellaini could not prevent the Toffees losing 2-0

‘I want to try and get Everton back into Europe. If I can get into a final, I’ll do that too.

‘But I don’t think I need anything
else at the moment to get in the way. The work (here) continues as I
have to make sure what I’m doing is for the future. We’re always looking
at next year and moving on.’

Everton are hot favourites to reach
the quarter-finals but Moyes is no stranger to being the victim of a
giantkilling – one of his most uncomfortable days at Goodison Park was
when Oldham won a third round tie in 2008 – and he is leaving no stone
unturned in his preparations for the trip to Boundary Park.

Moyes said: 'We know what they can do
got. They got a great result against Liverpool in the last round. We
have been knocked by Shrewsbury and Oldham in the past and we don't want
it to happen again.

'They have got Tony Philliskirk and Paul Gerrard
looking after things but I'm sure Oldham will have roughly the same
players that beat Liverpool.

'I think qualifying for the Champions
League would have the bigger impact because of the financial rewards.
If you can get into group stages, look at what has happened to Celtic in
the last six months.

'Obviously we want to win every
competition we enter but qualifying for the Champions League would
change things more for us than winning the FA Cup.'

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Eyes on the prize: Moyes will hope to navigate past Oldham's Matt Smith (left) and caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk, pictured with the Budweiser FA Cup

Everton will come up against Jose
Baxter, who left the club last summer. He made history at Goodison when
becoming the youngest player – at 16years and 191 days – to represent
the club in August 2008.

'I'm delighted for Jose,' said Moyes.

'We offered him a contract, gave him
his debut at 16. It's hard for them at that age, as they can get to 19
and 20 and people are wondering where they have gone.

'But he is doing well. I am glad. It was a brave decision to leave but hopefully he will see it as the right move.'

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Delighted: Moyes said he was glad to see former Everton man Jose Baxter thriving at Oldham

Benitez will have no more money to spend in the transfer window

Window of opportunity closing for Benitez as Chelsea tighten the purse-strings

By
Ben Rumsby, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

15:44 GMT, 29 January 2013

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UPDATED:

16:03 GMT, 29 January 2013

Rafael Benitez today admitted he does not think Chelsea will give him any more money to spend before the transfer window closes.

Interim Blues boss Benitez confirmed last week he had told owner Roman Abramovich that his squad was not strong enough to cope with the unprecedented fixture pile-up facing them this season.

But he appears to have given up hope of being allowed to add to the January signing of Demba Ba before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Benitez admits there are no more funds for transfers

The well runs dry: Benitez admits there are no more funds for transfers

Benitez isn't expecting to add any signings to Demba Ba

No more: Benitez isn't expecting to add any signings to Demba Ba

David Moyes is said to be a possible replacement for the manager next season

On the way out: David Moyes is said to be a possible replacement for the manager next season

Asked if he anticipated any movement in the final 48 hours of the window, he said: 'I don’t think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have.'

Abramovich and the board’s reluctance to back Benitez in the transfer market will reinforce the view that he has become a dead man walking at Stamford Bridge just over two months after succeeding Roberto Di Matteo.

It is understood there is currently no prospect of him losing his job before his contract expires this summer but reports persist that the club are already actively discussing replacing him next season.

Benitez shrugged off the speculation, which has included Everton boss David Moyes being linked with his job.

'My position is exactly the same,” he said, confirming he had held talks with technical director Michael Emenalo in the wake of Sunday’s FA Cup fourth-round draw at Brentford.

'I was speaking about football with Michael Emenalo, as normal.

'I will try to do my job as well as I can, and try to do my best every game.'

John Terry pictured solving his Rubik"s Cube

Terry cracks the Rubik's Cube… or did he (Now how about solving the managerial puzzle at Chelsea, John)

By
John Drayton

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:42 GMT, 17 January 2013

Here's the proof that John Terry possesses the brains to go with his brawn… or so we thought.

Chelsea's captain posted a proud picture of himself solving a Rubik's Cube on his Instagram account on Thursday, with the message: 'Say no more. Complete.'

But just hours later, Terry admitted he cheated the 'Cube'.

'Sorry these pics are the other way round,' the former Engaand captain revealed. 'It was so hard. Respect if anyone has completed one of these. '

John Terry solves his Rubik's Cube

Did you do the Blue side first John Terry solves his Rubik's Cube

The puzzle, a cultural sensation when it
was launched in 1980, is a fiendishly difficult test of memory and
logic – a bit like trying to recall the long list of Chelsea managers
under Roman Abramovich's reign.

To solve the Rubik's Cube, one must align a jumbled patchwork of squares so that all six faces contain a block of the same colour. We're guessing Blue is Terry's favourite side.

And seeing as Terry suggests he is clearly an expert at unravelling even the most daunting of enigmas, how about he next turns his attentions to the Chelsea manager's job

Quite who Abramovich should appoint as permanent boss at Stamford Bridge in the summer is anyone's guess now that Pep Guardiola has shunned Roman's roubles in favour of security and stability at Bayern Munich.

On the comeback trail: Former England captain Terry is easing back into action for Chelsea following two months on the sidelines with a knee injury

On the comeback trail: Former England captain Terry is easing himself back into
action for Chelsea following two months on the sidelines with a knee
injury

Surely it won't be Rafa Benitez, who remains deeply unpopular with Chelsea fans. There are question marks over the pedigree of young pretenders Jurgen Klopp and Diego Simeone, especially after the disaster of Andre Villas-Boas's reign. Guus Hiddink has turned down the job before and may do so again. And with Jose Mourinho having fallen out with Abramovich long ago, is there anyone left

Now that's a real humdinger. Better try a crossword instead, John…

Taison transfer news: Chelsea target joins Shakhtar Donetsk

Knockout blow for Chelsea as Taison joins Shakhtar after Blues fail to complete deal

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

16:37 GMT, 11 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:20 GMT, 11 January 2013

Chelsea have missed out on Brazilian target Taison to Shakhtar.

The attacking midfielder was given a deadline of January 10 to move to Chelsea or be forced to stay with Metalist. But Shakhtar used a clause in his contract to buy him for 12.5million from Metalist at the last minute.

The midfielder was on the brink of a move to Stamford Bridge at the beginning of the month after talks in London but has now joined the Ukrainian side on a five-year deal.

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

All smiles: Chelsea target Taison has joined Shakhtar Donetsk

He even attended a Chelsea game and was convinced that Roman Abramovich would meet the 11m asking price.

But a Shakhtar club statement read: ‘On 10 January, presidents of FC Shakhtar and FC Metalist Rinat Akhmetov and Serhiy Kurchenko negotiated the transfer of a forward Barcellos Fred Taison from the Kharkiv club to the Donetsk team.

'The negotiations were complicated. The initial sum of 15million dollars, proposed by Shakhtar, was rejected by the Metalist president. We did not come to a compromise.

'Then, the Donetsk side took advantage of the clause in Taison’s contract, according to which he could leave his former club for 20m dollars.

'As a result, FC Shakhtar paid 20m dollars, and we got a player who really wanted to join our team. The Brazilian player's five-year contract started on 11 January.'

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

Upheaval: There are plenty of changes happening at Stamford Bridge

John Terry is to play for Chelsea u21s on Thursday as he recovers from knee injury

Terry's back! Chelsea skipper to play in kids game in race to return from knee injury

By
Neil Ashton

PUBLISHED:

14:00 GMT, 8 January 2013

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 8 January 2013

Chelsea captain John Terry is close to returning to full fitness and may play in the club’s Under 21s side on Thursday, according to manager Rafa Benitez.

Terry has been sidelined for nearly two months since injuring his knee when Chelsea drew with Liverpool.

Benitez revealed: ‘He has been training and we are considering giving him some minutes in the Under 21 game on Thursday.’

Rafael Benitez has reveled John Terry is close to a first team return

In full training: Rafael Benitez has reveled John Terry is close to a first team return

‘We will see how he feels on Thursday
and, hopefully, he can play more minutes in a short time. We will see.
But at least it's a positive thing. Before he was just doing the
warm-up, so we're obviously closer.

‘It depends on his reaction. Thursday
will be a different kind of game, but we will see how he feels. He will
train the day after and, at least then, we can start considering him an
option.’

The Chelsea manager, who is under pressure to deliver trophies for trigger-happy owner Roman Abramovich after Pep Guardiola declared his readiness to return to management, also believes the competition for a starting place between strikers Demba Ba, signed at the start of the January transfer window from Newcastle, and 50million striker Fernando Torres will help get the best out of both of them.

Terry back in training in the new year

Rehabilitation: Terry back in training in the new year

The knee injury suffered by Terry has kept him out for two months

Ouch: The knee injury suffered by Terry has kept him out for two months

Benitez said: ‘They both know they have to compete, and that it’s positive for both of them to have the competition.

'It's always important for any side to have different attacking options, so it’s good to have Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, especially with so many games.’

Ahead of facing Swansea in the first leg of the Capital One cup semi-final at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday Benitez added: ‘We have been playing a lot of games, so it’s complicated for us to prepare at times, but in a top side it has to be like this.

Benitez will be desperate to get Terry back as soon as possible

Urgent call: Benitez will be desperate to get Terry back as soon as possible

‘Swansea are a top side, we have a lot of respect for them, it should be a good game for the fan.

‘I will try to do my best for my club and get Chelsea to the final, and win.

‘We are growing and maturing and this experience is allowing us to improve together.’

Benitez also discussed the Ballon D'or, saying: ‘We were talking about that earlier – who decides and how they vote. But maybe you're missing one or two players from this team.

‘When you talk about the Spanish league, you talk about Real Madrid and Barcelona, who are always in the CL and winning it.

‘You see those players in the list. The Premier League is a good league, very competitive, and you can lose against anyone.

‘We had a good example, unfortunately, against QPR. In Spain it's more difficult to see the difference, say, between Barcelona and Espanyol.’

Frank Lampard: Chelsea future is up in the air

Lampard refuses to commit to Chelsea despite double against Everton

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UPDATED:

16:21 GMT, 30 December 2012

Frank Lampard may be on his way out of Chelsea but after Sunday’s performance away to Everton, he will leave in a blaze of glory.

The England midfielder, who scored twice to end Everton’s record of being unbeaten at Goodison Park all season, gave a strong indication he could move in the January window.

When asked what the new year would hold for him, Lampard said: ‘I just hope personally for me, it means I will be playing in a winning team.

Parting gift Frank Lampard scored twice against Everton at Goodison

Parting gift Frank Lampard scored twice against Everton at Goodison

‘I will keep trying to give my best as I’ve always done when here and will continue to do so.

‘I know there’s a lot of speculation and talk, but for me the enjoyable bit is the 90 minutes like I’ve just played, there.’

Lampard is free to talk to overseas clubs from January 1 with his contract six months from expiry, and Chelsea could be tempted to cash in instead of letting the midfielder’s contract run down.

Manchester United are said to be keeping tabs on the 34-year old’s situation.

Chelsea have now won 10 of the 11 games Lampard has played in, and only one of the eight he’s not featured in the squad for.

Surprisingly despite this, owner Roman Abramovich still does not appear interested in negotiating a new deal.

Head boy: Lampard spearheaded Chelsea's comeback against the Toffees

Head boy: Lampard spearheaded Chelsea's comeback against the Toffees

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez was giving nothing away over Lampard's future.

'I am really pleased with the team, credit to Frank for the goals,' the Spaniard said.

'Frank is under contract, doing well, fully committed. My job is to keep him fit.'

Asked if he knew anything about reports club officials are due to hold talks with Newcastle striker Demba Ba, he added: 'No, because we don't talk about this business, we had a very important game today.'

Roberto Di Matteo and Alex McLeish set to beat Roy Keane to Nottingham Forest job

EXCLUSIVE: From Champions League to Championship Di Matteo joins McLeish in running for vacant Forest job

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 27 December 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has joined Alex McLeish on the shortlist of candidates to replace the sacked Sean O’Driscoll at Nottingham Forest.

Ambitious Forest bosses are hoping to deflect criticism of the way O’Driscoll’s brief tenure was brought to an abrupt halt by appointing a successor with a Barclays Premier League pedigree.

Former Birmingham City and Aston Villa manager McLeish saw the odds on his appointment tumble, after a rush of bets during the morning, and he is on Forest’s radar.

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo is a surprise contender for the Nottingham Forest job

Shock: Roberto Di Matteo is a surprise contender for the Nottingham Forest job

But Di Matteo is also under close
scrutiny, as Forest give careful consideration to candidates they feel
will capture the public’s imagination as well as spark a concerted push
for promotion.

The view within the City Ground is
that recruiting a manager who rounded off last season by lifting the
Champions’ League trophy in Munich is about as big a statement of intent
as they could make.

Di Matteo cemented his place in
Stamford Bridge folklore by defeating Bayern Munich on their own ground,
in an epic final last May, but it still wasn’t enough to safeguard him
from the sack, as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich cleared the way for a
possible move for Pep Guardiola in the next few months.

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

Wanted: McLeish has been out of a job since he was sacked as manager of Aston Villa on the final day of last season

The one-time West Brom manager may
have reservations about dropping into the Championship, but that will
not deter Forest chiefs from outlining their plans and promising him
funds to take them back into the top flight.

Di Matteo and McLeish now appear to
be the two leading contenders, with both due to be interviewed before
Forest make their choice and launch a quest for new signings in the
January window.

McLeish has been out of work for
eight months after losing his job at Villa Park. However, with Blackburn
Rovers also looking for a manager, the Scot is likely to be
interested in a position at Ewood Park.

The ex-Villa and Birmingham City chief retains a base in the Midlands and would have little trouble stepping into the role after Forest's owners, the Al-Hasawis, took the decision to axe O'Driscoll and his odds have tumbled this morning.

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

Out of the running: Roy Keane attended Forest's 4-2 victory over Leeds yesterday

The Kuwaitis have confirmed that they have a meeting with a manager of Premier League experience today and that points towards McLeish being the man most likely at present to succeed O'Driscoll.

However Keane, who was in the crowd to watch Forest defeat Leeds 4-2 yesterday, is aso out-of-work following his sacking by Ipswich Town and remains among the favourites with the bookmakers for the role.

Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

Shevchenko may join Chelsea as a coach after Abramovich holds talks with former striker

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UPDATED:

23:00 GMT, 6 December 2012

Andriy Shevchenko could be handed a role within Chelsea's coaching set-up.

The recently retired Ukrainian has spent considerable time at the club's Cobham training base as he works towards qualifying for his coaching badges.

And owner Roman Abramovich has held talks with the 36-year-old about a role at Stamford Bridge.

New skills: Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

New skills: Andriy Shevchenko could join Chelsea as a coach

The Russian is close to Shevchenko and sanctioned his 31million transfer in 2006.

Shevchenko never came close to his AC Milan form in a Chelsea shirt and left the club on loan to the Italian giants in 2008.

Chelsea have a habit of bringing back former players to play coaching or managerial roles.

Former player Bolo Zenden recently joined the club as an assistant to new manager Rafael Benitez.

Eddie Newton and Benitez's predecessor Roberto Di Matteo were also former Chelsea players before they rejoined in a staff capacity.

Avram Grant not coming back to Chelsea, says Rafael Benitez

Avram is NOT coming back to the Bridge, insists Benitez as pressure mounts ahead of Champions League clash

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UPDATED:

17:09 GMT, 4 December 2012

Rafael Benitez has insisted that he feels no pressure from Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich despite reports linking Avram Grant with a return to the club to assist him.

The Blues are on their worst run in the Barclays Premier League for 15 years after failing to win any of their three matches since Benitez took charge and the Spaniard remarkably admitted after Saturday’s defeat at West Ham that he was 'not 100 per cent sure' his job was secure.

However, Benitez was in a far more relaxed mood when he spoke ahead of Chelsea's must-win Champions League clash against FC Nordsjaelland.

Under pressure: Benitez has failed to win in his three games in charge so far

Under pressure: Benitez has failed to win in his three games in charge so far

'I know Avram Grant is a nice person and a good manager, but all the information I have is he’s not coming,' said Benitez, who admitted he and Abramovich had not spoken since Saturday but confirmed the Russian’s thoughts had been relayed to him.

Meanwhile, Juan Mata insists Chelsea's players are fully behind Benitez's mini-revolution.

Blues playmaker Mata denied Benitez's status as 'interim' manager until the end of the season had fatally compromised his authority, despite the former Liverpool boss experiencing a nightmarish start to life at Stamford Bridge.

Benitez's failure to win any of his first three matches in charge has failed to quell a massive supporter revolt against his appointment and has sparked speculation his days could already be numbered.

Training day: Benitez addresses his squad at Cobham

Training day: Benitez addresses his squad at Cobham

Training day: Benitez addresses his squad at Cobham

But no unrest has seeped into the playing squad, according to fellow Spaniard Mata, who is desperate to improve on a run of just two wins from 11 games against Nordsjaelland.

'We are trusting him because Rafa wants the best for the team,' Mata said.

'If we want to win the Club World Cup, or the Premier League or the other competitions, we have to do better.

'Rafa is a very experienced manager and he's trying to help us. We're trying to help him.'

Mata also insisted Chelsea's players had not been cowed by the jeers and abuse that have dogged Benitez's short reign.

Backing: Mata (right) has thrown his support behind Benitez

Backing: Mata (right) has thrown his support behind Benitez

Backing: Mata (right) has thrown his support behind Benitez

'I'm not deaf, so we were aware,' he said of the fan backlash.

'The supporters are free to do whatever they want. My job, our job, is to play well and to win. That's all I care about.'

The 24-year-old added: 'I always try to be focused on what I'm doing, nothing else.

'If we want to win, if we want to lift trophies this season, we have to be all together, fight as a unit in the team.'

Out of form: Benitez is charged with getting the best out of Torres (centre)

Out of form: Benitez is charged with getting the best out of Torres (centre)

Mata also declared there was no point Chelsea's players bemoaning owner Roman Abramovich's hiring-and-firing policy, which sees the Spain midfielder serving under his third manager in nine months.

'The players have to be professional and work no matter who the manager is of the team,' he said.

'We have an owner. We have people who are working, trying to do their best for this club and, as a player, I just have to work with the manager we have now.

'Now it's Rafa.'