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Chelsea: Midfielder reveals near exit; striker move delayed until summer; Mourinho sacking prompted departure

After revealing that he nearly left Stamford Bridge to return to Barcelona in the summer, in form winger Pedro has said that he is glad that he decided to stay, as he told the London Evening Standard:

“I am enjoying my football more and I am very comfortable on the pitch and with my team-mates. Things are going good for me, I’m scoring goals and I want to continue like this. I am full of confidence and this is the way I want to be playing for Chelsea. But I will take it game by game. Am I glad I stayed at Chelsea? Yes, I am showing what I can do in a Chelsea shirt.”

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The 29-year-old Spaniard is excelling under Antonio Conte this season with a goal and an assist in each of his last three matches at Stamford Bridge.

Calcio Mercato report that the Blues are monitoring Sampdoria’s Colombian striker Luis Muriel as they plot a move for the forward, though they are likely to put off a £25 million bid until the summer in order to gather opinions and be sure that the 25-year-old is the right man to lead the line in the absence of or alongside Diego Costa.

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The Serie A star currently has seven goals and six assists in 15 appearances to date this season in one of the best runs of form in his career.

Brazilian midfielder Ramires, now plying his trade in China, has spoken out about his departure from the club and explained that Jose Mourinho’s departure from London put his future in doubt as he told Goal:

“I always had a very god relationship with Mourinho, so much so that things become complicated for me at the club when he left. I remember he wanted to count on me since he was at Real Madrid and it was a pleasure to work with him. Mourinho’s CV speaks for itself. He has won many important tiles and proved that he is one of the best at what he does. With us he was always a calm guy, but on the pitch and in training he demands a lot of us, which I do not see as being a problem. It was in this way of working that he became what he is today.”

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The 29-year-old has scored four times in 26 appearances since his move to the Chinese Super League and has been a hit at JS Suning.

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