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United won’t include Rooney in Mata deal

Manchester United are closing in on a deal for out-of-favour Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, but are not willing to include Wayne Rooney in any deal, according to the Independent.

Both players have been linked with the switch for some time, with Mata who seemingly closer to the exit door.

It is understood that the two-time Blues Player of the Season will be allowed to leave, should be ask manager Jose Mourinho personally, while Rooney remains very much part of David Moyes plans as United try to reduce a deficit of fourteen points between themselves and league leaders Arsenal.

Meanwhile, ESPN understands that Atletico Madrid goalkeeper Diego Simeone is keen on securing a permanent deal for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is currently enjoying a third season with the La Liga club on loan from Chelsea.

The Belgium international has enjoyed success during his time in Spain, winning the Copa del Rey, Europa League and the UEFA Super Cup, where he faced Chelsea in the final in Monaco in August 2012.

Elsewhere, Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has dismissed reports suggesting that Julian Draxler is set for a move to the Premier League as wild speculation, the Daily Star understands.

The Germany midfielder, who has been linked with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, is currently one of the hottest properties in European football following his superb form for both club and country.

Chelsea slip to third after Stoke defeat

Chelsea have slipped to third position in the Premier League after losing 3-2 to Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Andre Schurrle put Jose Mourinho’s men in front on nine minutes before Peter Crouch drew the hosts level three minute before the break.

The host’s then took the lead five minutes into the second half through Stephen Ireland before Schurrle got his and the Blues’ second just five minutes later.

Then, in the final minute of the game, Oussama Assaidi fired in an angled shot to secure victory for Mark Hughes’ men, and consign Chelsea to their third league defeat of the season.

The club will now turn their attention to Wednesday evening’s match with Steaua Bucharest if the final round of Champions League group games, where victory will guarantee first place ahead of either Schalke or Basel who meet in Gelsenkirchen.

Meanwhile, the club are set to swoop for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, according to the Daily Star.

The Colombia striker only moved to the Ligue 1 sidde in the summer and has scored nine times in fourteen games though Mourinho has been linked with a £60m bid as his current selection of strikers continue to misfire.

Ivanovic confident of Blues success

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic is confident that the club have a fighting chance of reclaiming the Premier League title, Sky Sports understands.

The Blues, who currently sit in second place four points behind leaders Arsenal, last lifted the trophy under the guidance of Carlo Ancelotti back in 2010.

Ivanovic believes the team are much improved following the return of Jose Mourinho, who led the club to back to back titles during his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Chelsea target Max Meyler has signed a new long term contract with Schalke, according to the Metro.

The 18 year old, who has caught the eye of a number of Europe’s elite clubs with impressive displays in both the Bundesliga and the Champions League, has confirmed that his future remains with Jens Keller’s side.

Elsewhere, Bayern Munich have entered the race to sign out of favour defender David Luiz, the Express understands.

The Brazil international, who is currently side-lined with a knee injury, has seen his opportunities limited this season with Gary Cahill and John Terry proving to be Mourinho’s preferred central defensive partnership.

Luiz could be tempted to move away from Stamford Bridge as he looks to cement a place in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s side for next summer’s World Cup finals in his native Brazil.

Blues lose in Basel but secure progress

Chelsea’s progression the knockout stages of the Champions League has been secured despite them losing to a late goal in Basel yesterday evening.

Mohamed Salah, who netted the equaliser when the sides met at Stamford Bridge in September, scored late on to secure back to back wins over the Blues for Murat Yakin’s side.

Petr Cech kept the visitors, who only mustered one attempt on goal throughout the whole match, in the game with several saves.

However, thanks to Steaua Bucharest’s goalless draw with Schalke in Group E’s other fixture means that Jose Mourinho’s men cannot drop to third place, regardless of the results on match day six.

The club will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoon’s Premier League clash with Southampton, where they will be looking to keep pressure on leaders Arsenal who they meet next month.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star have reported that both Manchester United and Liverpool have taken to Twitter to call for their respective clubs to sign Juan Mata.

The Spain international has been strongly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after falling down the pecking order since Jose Mourinho returned to the club.

He has completed ninety minutes just one this season – the Capital One Cup third round victory over Swindon Town in September.

Torres back for Basel clash

Fernando Torres is available for Chelsea’s Champions League Group E clash with FC Basel.

The 29 year old Spain international has not featured since the 2-0 defeat to Newcastle United earlier this month, but could lead the line for the visitors at St Jakob Park this evening, where a point for the Blues would seal qualification for the knockout stages, and victory would see them progress as group winners.

David Luiz has not travelled with the squad due to a bruised patella, and will be out for a week.

Gary Cahill and club captain John Terry are set to continue in the centre of defence, while Ashley Cole may play despite a niggling rib problem though Cesar Azpilicueta is ready to deputise after impressing on the left recently.

The Swiss Champions ran out 2-1 winners when the sides met in September, though Jose Mourinho’s men have responded well, first with a 4-0 win over Steaua in Bucharest and then back to back 3-0 victories over Schalke.

The group’s other game sees Steaua host Schalke, where victory for the visitors will secure their place in the next round should Chelsea win, while the Romanian champions must win to have any chance of progressing.

Wilmots keen for De Bruyne to leave Blues

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has urged Kevin de Bruyne to seek regular first team football away from Stamford Bridge, Sky Sports understands.

The midfielder has barely featured for the Blues since signing almost two years ago, spending the second half of the 2011/12 campaign back on loan with Genk, before joining Werder Bremen for the entirety of last season.

Since returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer, he has made just three league appearances under Jose Mourinho, and his international coach believes that a move would be hugely beneficial to him.

Schalke are reportedly interested in signing the 22 year old, who is in line to win his eighteenth cap for Belgium against Colombia tomorrow evening.

Meanwhile, Demba Ba is considering a move to Turkey as he seeks more game time, according to the Express.

The Senegal international has made only a handful of appearances for the Blues since Mourinho’s return to the club, and has scored just twice in the league since signing from Newcastle United.

Finally, former Blues defender Dan Petrescu is the latest name to be linked with the vacant manager’s post at Crystal Palace.

Petrescu made over 200 appearances in a five year stint with the club towards the end of the last Millennium, and won the FA Cup, UEFA Cup Winners Cup and UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea take control of Group E

Chelsea have moved three points clear at the top of Group E after beating Schalke 3-0 at Stamford Bridge yesterday evening.

Samuel Eto’o opened the scoring with his twenty-eighth Champions League goal on 31 minutes after capitalising on goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand’s error before doubling his and the Blues tally on the evening with a second nine minutes into the second half.

Substitute Demba Ba opened his account for the season with a third seven minutes from time to wrap up the victory for Jose Mourinho’s men, who can ensure qualification for the last sixteen with a win in Basel on in their next European tie, which takes place on November 26th.

Meanwhile, the Blues boss has revealed that Eden Hazard was left out of the match day squad as he missed training on Monday.

Mourinho went on to say that the Belgium international is in contention for Saturday’s visit of West Bromwich Albion, where the club will be hoping to close the gap on leaders Arsenal who face Manchester United on Sunday.

Elsewhere, Roy Hodgson has announced his England squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Chile and Germany.

Chelsea trio Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard have all been included for the games, which will take place on November 15th and 19th respectively.

Torres out of Schalke clash

Fernando Torres will miss this evening’s Champions League clash against Schalke with a leg injury.

The Spain international, who scored twice in the 3-0 win over the Bundesliga side in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge last month, is also set to miss Saturday’s game with West Bromwich Albion.

Ryan Bertrand is also unavailable; along with long term absentee Marco Van Ginkel.

Three points for Jose Mourinho’s men will see them tighten their grip on top spot, with third place Basel hosting Steaua Beucharest in Group E’s other game.

Meanwhile, Napoli have joined Chelsea in the race to secure the services of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic, TalkSport understands.

Former Blues’ interim manager Rafael Benitez, who took the reins at the Serie A club in the summer, is keen to bolster his midfield options in January with moves for Javier Mascherano and Lucas Leiva also mooted.

Matic made three appearances for Chelsea before being used as a makeweight in the deal that brought David Luiz to Stamford Bridge in 2011.

Elsewhere, Mark Schwarzer has announced his retirement from international football.

The veteran goalkeeper is Australia’s most capped player having made 109 appearances since his debut – World Cup qualifier against Canada in 1993.

Torres wants hot streak

Fernando Torres is keen to continue his goal-scoring run after his midweek brace in Europe, the Mirror understands.

The Spain international got his third and fourth goals of the season in the 3-0 win in Schalke on Tuesday evening, but is yet to score in the Premier League despite featuring in all but two of the Blues’ top-flight games so far.

In fact, his only league goal this calendar year came in the 2-1 victory over Everton on the final day of last season.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed in his autobiography that he consdiered signing Petr Cech on two occasions during his time in charge of Manchester United, the Daily Star understands.

However the Scot talked himself out of securing a deal for the goalkeeper, who has been at Stamford Bridge since 2004, both times.

Elsewhere, the Express has reported that the club will battle with Manchester City for the signature of Paris Saint Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

Both clubs are said to be preparing pre-contract offers for the 26 year old, who’s current deal expires in the summer.

Finally, the Blues have also joined Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in the race to sign Wolfsburg’s promising German winger Julian Brandt.

Chelsea win to take control of Group E

Chelsea have gone top of Group E after beating Schalke 3-0 at the Veltins Arena yesterday evening.

The Blues took just five minutes to make the breakthrough, when Fernando Torres turned in a Bransilav Ivanovic corner that had been flicked on by Frank Lampard.

The Spain international, who was making his 100th start for the club, then doubled the visitors advantage with a simple finish following good build up play by Oscar and Eden Hazard.

Hazard himself then put the result beyond any doubt with three minutes to play, securing the Blues second win of their European campaign so far.

Jose Mourinho’s men will now turn their attention to Sunday afternoons clash with Manchester City where, should Arsenal slip up against Crystal Palace the day before, they could reclaim top spot in the division.

Elsewhere, the club are considering a move for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, according to the Mirror.

The 25 year old, who scored his eleventh and twelfth goals in his twelfth club appearance of the season yesterday – a 3-0 win over Austria Vienna, has also been linked with a move to Liverpool though Chelsea appear to be leading the race for his signature, though they will need to stup up around £35m.