Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is reported to have failed in a surprise attempt to recall Victor Moses from his loan spell at Stoke City this January, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The Telegraph claim the Portuguese coach wanted to add some depth to his squad in the wide areas after loaning out another backup player, Mohamed Salah, but Moses turned down the chance to move back to Stamford Bridge.
Moses spent last season at Liverpool, but failed to impress Brendan Rodgers enough to agree a permanent Anfield switch, and his career appeared to be on a downward spiral. It therefore comes as quite the surprise that Chelsea would consider bringing him back to Stamford Bridge, but the Nigerian international has been in far better form this term.
Moses looks settled at Stoke, and the Telegraph now expect him to make the £5m switch to the Britannia on a permanent basis this summer. Turning down a Chelsea return in exchange for regular first team football looks an intelligent decision; Moses is clearly thinking about his long term career.
Chelsea improved their attack on paper with the purchase of versatile wide-man Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina in exchange for Salah on loan, but the Colombian hasn’t had much chance to replicate his sensational 2014 FIFA World Cup form, where he provided the most assists in the competition.
Salah’s spell at Fiorentina has proven hugely successful thus far, with the Egyptian netting four goals and providing two assists in ten appearances, and so far it’s Cuadrado – whom the Telegraph state cost £23.3 million – who currently appears the least effective of the three wide men.
Cuadrado’s only been a backup for Chelsea thus far, and having been such an important player at Fiorentina it is surprising to see him on the bench.