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Mourinho to wait on loan stars

Published 15/05/2014 | 10:37

Thibaut Courtois, left, spent time away from Chelsea last season
Thibaut Courtois, left, spent time away from Chelsea last season

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will wait until pre-season before determining the futures of his loan stars.

The Blues boss presented his end-of-season report to the Chelsea hierarchy on Monday, detailing his thoughts on all matters relating to the first-team squad.

Definitive decisions on goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, striker Romelu Lukaku and the others who spent time away from Chelsea this season will wait until after training resumes on July 8.

Courtois has impressed in his third consecutive season on loan at Atletico Madrid, helping the Spaniards to the May 24 Champions League final at the expense of his parent club, and could put pressure on Petr Cech as Chelsea number one.

Lukaku spent a second straight season on loan in the Premier League, scoring 17 goals for Everton - a tally greater than any of the strikers who remained at Stamford Bridge.

Others will also be looked at closely by Mourinho, including Victor Moses, who spent the season at Liverpool, and Marko Marin, who helped Sevilla to win the Europa League.

After Chelsea's final home game of the season, Mourinho insisted there was no rush to make decisions relating to his squad.

Tellingly, though, captain John Terry signed a one-year contract extension 24 hours after Mourinho's report was submitted.

The fates of record goalscorer Frank Lampard and left-back Ashley Cole are still to be clarified, with their contracts expiring imminently.

Press Association

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