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Mourinho set to rotate ahead of Swindon clash

Chelsea are set to make several changes for tonight’s visit to Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup third round.

Cesar Azpilicueta, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz, Michael Essien and Juan Mata are all likely to come into the starting line-up, while Mark Schwarzer could be handed his debut for the club.

The veteran Australian goalkeeper was part of the Middlesbrough team that won the League Cup in the 2003/04 campaign.

Meanwhile, Azpilicueta has emerged as a potential transfer target for Barcelona, the Metro understands.

The La Liga champions could be forced to recruit a defender if Arsenal and Liverpool target Martin Montoya moves away from the club.

Azpilicutea made forty-seven appearances in all competitions last season, but has barely featured for the Blues since Jose Mourinho returned to the club as manager.

Elsewhere, three former Blues players are among the favourites to become the new Sunderland manager, following Paolo Di Canio’s sacking on Sunday evening.

Roberto Di Matteo, who won the FA Cup and Champions League in a short spell as manager at Stamford Bridge is the currently leading the market, while Watford manager Gianfranco Zola and Gus Poyet, who is currently out of work, are also in the running.

Real confirm Mourinho exit

Real Madrid have confirmed that they will part company with head coach Jose Mourinho next month.

The announcement further enhances the possibility of the 50 year old returning to Stamford Bridge for next season, with bookmakers now making The Special One a 1/20 chance to become the next Blues boss.

The news will be welcomed by top scorer Fernando Torres, who told the London Evening Standard that “every player” wants to play under Mourinho, who originally left the club in 2007.

Incidentally, Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola is next in the line with the bookmakers at a best price of 28/1, ahead of his Watford side’s participation in next Monday’s Championship play-off final against Crystal Palace at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Napoli forward Edison Cavani could move to Manchester City in a deal that would see Edin Dzeko and a fee move in the opposite direction.

Cavani has also long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge, but it appears that City currently have the edge.

Elsewhere, midfielder Florent Malouda has revealed that the will be moving on, having revealed that he will be playing first team football elsewhere next year.

The 32 year old spent the whole of last season in the reserves after a dispute with the clubs hierarchy.