Chelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay has revealed that he hopes Jose Mourinho will stay at Stamford Bridge for a long time into the future, saying that he hopes to keep him at the club for the next ten years, as reported by the Daily Express.
Gourlay was speaking exclusively to the Evening Standard, and praised the Portuguese manager, who returned to the west London club last summer after an extended spell at various clubs around Europe.
In particular, he saw the manager’s existing knowledge of the club and its history and his ability to deal with the British press as particular high points in his managerial skill set.
He said: “I hope he will stay 10 years. Having the security of Jose is great for me – he knows the club, knows me.
“Jose can deal with the media in a different way from some of the other managers we’ve had.
“He takes the pressure not only away from the players, but also from the club. He allows us to manage and me in particular to drive the club forward.”
Mourinho and Chelsea have begun the season in sensational form, winning all four of their opening games. Their display against Swansea City at the weekend deserved particular praise, with Diego Costa bagging another three goals, having started life in the Premier League in exceptional fashion.
Manchester United are going to ask for the help of Alex Ferguson in their quest to bring Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, with the hope that his close friendship with the world class forward will allow him to convince the player to return to Manchester, as reported by the Daily Express.
Reports in the Spanish press suggest that Man Utd have money for both Ronaldo’s transfer fee and enough to secure his vast wage demands, but they feel the help of Ferguson would prove vital in convincing the forward that the move to their club would be to his benefit.
Ronaldo has regularly praised Ferguson in recent years, and the player sees him as something of a mentor. He seems to regard his role in his career as key to his development.
He said: “He helped me a lot when I was just 18 in Manchester and I want to say I respect him and thank him so much for everything he did in my career.
Recent links between the player and the club have developed as a result of Ronaldo expressing his desire to return to Man Utd before his career is out.
Ronaldo is expected to cost around £60 million, and would command significant wages.
Manchester United have emerged as surprise favourites to bring Newcastle United star Tim Krul in to the club, with speculation suggesting that former Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal is keen to be reunited with his former charge, as reported by GiveMeSport.com.
The website has seen the odds drop significantly for the Dutch shot stopper to join Man Utd, with bookie Paddy Power listing the Old Trafford club as 3/1 favourites to sign the Newcastle star. Juventus, Atletico Madrid and Napoli are among the other sides who are expected to sign Krul.
Krul has settled in at Newcastle over the years, firmly establishing himself as the first choice goalkeeper at the club, regularly putting on excellent displays to justify his place in the side.
With Newcastle struggling, however, and no end in sight to their problems, Krul might be more keen to move than he has been in recent seasons.
Man Utd are lacking in quality goalkeeping options aside from David De Gea, and may turn to Krul to alter that.