Mourinho facing quota dilemma
Jose Mourinho admits he may be forced to sell Petr Cech to ensure Chelsea do not exceed their foreign player quota.
Under Premier League and Champions League rules, clubs can only name 17 overseas players over the age of 21 in their 25-man squads and the decision to re-sign Didier Drogba means Chelsea has one too many foreigners.
Mourinho has been looking to offload either Torres or John Obi Mikel, but there has been little interest in the pair with the former’s price tag and salary demands believed to be discouraging clubs.
Should Chelsea fail to sell either Torres or Mikel, Mourinho may have little choice but to let Cech leave.
“From the group you are expecting us to have as a squad, I have to send one away because we have one extra foreign player,” Mourinho is quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.
“So from all these players, if you think all of them have to stay, you are wrong. One of them has to go.”
Cech faces a battle for the number one jersey from the returning Thibaut Courtois, while Mourinho can also call on veteran Mark Schwarzer, who recently signed a new one-year deal.