Jose: No more Chelsea exits
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho insists he will not allow any more of his squad players to leave.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists he will not allow any more of his squad players to quit Stamford Bridge following Wayne Bridge's move to Fulham.
The England full back has made a loan switch to Craven Cottage in a bid to prove to Sven Goran Eriksson that he has fully recovered from a broken ankle.
Bridge made his debut on Monday in The Cottagers' defeat to West Ham, but Mourinho claims he only allowed Bridge to move because of his World Cup aspirations.
"Sometimes you cannot be selfish; you cannot think just about you and the club; you have to think also about the player,'' said Mourinho.
"He had a big injury; he needs a lot to play regularly.
"At Chelsea, of course, he would get one game here and one game there but at this moment he could not be having consecutive matches.
"We have only (Asier) del Horno as a natural player to play there. But we have William Gallas, Paulo Ferreira and we have even Glen Johnson and Geremi who can play there, or (Damien) Duff if we want an attacking left back - so we have protection.
"For Wayne's future in relation to the World Cup and in relation to his returning to Chelsea, it [the loan] was a good option for him."
The likes of Shaun Wright-Phillips have also linked with moves away from the Premiership champions but Mourinho has now moved to quell speculation about possible exits.
''It is not easy," he concluded.
"The level he played at there [Man City] is different from the one he plays at here.
"The demands are different. In Chelsea you have Joe Cole, (Arjen) Robben and Duff who are all playing in the same position.''