Jose sad to lose Tiago
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Tiago as the midfielder nears a move to Lyon.Jose Mourinho has paid tribute to Tiago's professionalism as the midfielder nears a move to Lyon.
Chelsea have accepted a é¼10 million (£6.8 million) offer for the Portugal international and Tiago is discussing terms with Lyon.
Tiago appears close to reaching an accord with Lyon and has already said his farewells to his Chelsea colleagues.
He has made 52 appearances for The Blues since joining from Benfica last summer but is leaving Stamford Bridge to secure regular football this season.
Blues boss Mourinho admits he cannot guarantee his compatriot that, particularly after bringing in Michael Essien from Lyon.
Mourinho understands Tiago's reasons for wanting to quit the Premiership champions and has paid testament to his character.
"The deal is almost done," said Mourinho. "There are a few details to complete, that is all.
"But Tiago showed a lot of tears in front of the group yesterday. He is a wonderful boy and was a very good player for us. We will miss him - the player and the person.
"Yesterday he told he was going to Lyon and that he probably wouldn't be back. It was very emotional for everybody and everyone was really disappointed.
"He did it in a very professional way. He said: 'Boss I feel very sorry to go, I love it here, but I am professional and want to play more times'.
"Lyon's proposal was also a good one for Chelsea. He added that he would like to go because it is a World Cup year and it was clear that the boy wanted to go."
Mourinho also revealed that clubs in The Premiership were keen on Tiago but the midfielder's preferred destination was Lyon.
He added: "There were a lot of clubs interested in him and he understood that he wasn't first choice.
"Teams from England, Spain and Portugal were interested in him but he chose to go to Lyon and we wish him well."