Jose opens loan door
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will allow one of his fringe players to leave on loan.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will allow one of his fringe players the chance to leave Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.
The Portuguese tactician has ended his own transfer activity after capturing Nuno Maniche on loan, but concedes he will countenance one player leaving the Premiership champions.
Out of favour right back Glen Johnson has been linked with moves to both West Ham and Lyon, whilst Aberdeen claimed on Monday that Fulham were keen on bringing England international Wayne Bridge to Craven Cottage.
The left back is desperate for playing time in a bid to keep his World Cup hopes alive, however Tottenham are also believed to be interested and Fulham are also pursuing Portsmouth's Matthew Taylor.
As interest in his fringe men hots up, Mourinho has admitted he will let one player temporarily leave his squad.
"The transfer window is open until the end of January and all that time anything can happen," said Mourinho.
"New players, no. But one player may want to leave to try to find a better situation until the end of the season and that is possible if, I repeat if, the player is very, very interested.
"Not because we want him to go because we are happy with the squad we have at the moment.
"The squad went down by two because of Didier Drogba and Geremi going to the African Nations Cup, we lose a third because [Arjen] Robben cannot play the next game and four because Michael Essien is injured.
"So I am relieved to have my squad.
"But if somebody, one player, not two, three or four, is really interested in going for a different situation then we will go for it."