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Jose Mourinho accused of goading Roman Abramovich with John Terry substitution

Published 17/08/2015 | 10:02

Jose Mourinho has been accused of sending a message to Roman Abramovich over new signings
Jose Mourinho has been accused of sending a message to Roman Abramovich over new signings

Jose Mourinho has been accused of trying to send a defiant message to Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich with his controversial decision to substitute John Terry at half-time at Manchester City on Sunday.

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Mourinho has had a relatively quiet transfer window, seeing senior players such as Didier Drogba, Filipe Luis and Petr Cech leave the club but only adding Radamel Falcao, Asmir Begovic and Baba Rahman.

The Chelsea manager is keen to sign John Stones from Everton - although the Merseyside club are adamant the player is not for sale - and his decision to remove Terry after 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium has prompted suggestions he was attempting to provoke Abramovich into action in the transfer market.

It was the first time Terry had been taken off by Mourinho, in his 177th game under the Portuguese, and the decision appeared to backfire as Chelsea conceded two second-half goals to lose 3-0.

Mourinho said the move was tactical, but speaking on Sky Sports, former Liverpool and Newcastle manager Graeme Souness claimed: "I'm not sure about that. If you look back at the 170 odd games he's played, he's never been substituted.

"I thought he was every bit as good as Gary Cahill next to him. I didn't see him getting exposed. John Terry is a leader.

"I think the manager is trying to make a statement to the owner that: 'I need more players'."

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