Chelsea manager has declared his desire for Victor Moses to remain at Stamford Bridge this summer after a positive 45 minute showing in their pre-season clash against New York Red Bulls.
The 24-year-old had an inspired debut campaign in west London, making 23 appearances in the Premier League; however, the arrival of Willian Borges da Silva a year later – in the same summer that Mourinho confirmed his return – saw the winger fall out of favour under his new Portuguese manager.
Nonetheless, Moses will surely be buoyed by the former Real Madrid boss’ comments, despite the shock defeat at the Red Bull Arena:
“He’s strong, he’s an experienced guy, he knows the Premier League well, he’s fast, he’s aggressive,” as quoted by the Express.
“Ok, he has to learn how to play with us obviously. But I’m happy with him this week, I’m happy with his 45 minutes. The next match he’ll have 45 more minutes and let’s see what happens. Victor has had an evolution in the last couple of years.”
With such fierce competition in a wide role coming from Willian, Hazard, Juan Cuadrado, Mohamed Salah – combined with speculation continuing to link Barcelona’s Pedro with Chelsea – it is certainly difficult to envisage a future for the Nigeria international with the English champions.
However, it was reported just over a week ago that Mark Hughes’ attempts to keep Moses at the Britannia Stadium beyond the summer were blocked by the Blues – suggesting that Mourinho may hold the former Wigan Athletic star in his future plans.