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Moses Earns Chelsea Stay After Impressing Mourinho

Victor Moses’ determination not to accept another loan move, after spending the last two seasons at Liverpool and Stoke City, seems to be paying off with the Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho confirming he would give the Nigeria international a chance to resurrect his Chelsea career in the new season. Moses, who was signed for nine million pounds by Chelsea in 2012, spent just one season with the London club before he was declared surplus to requirement by Mourinho. Consequently, the former Wigan player was loaned out to Liverpool for the 2013-14 season.

Having found his opportunities more limited at Anfield, Moses spent the 2014-15 season, also on loan, at Stoke City, scoring four times in 23 games and impressing in flashes, before suffering a hamstring injury in April, which ended his season prematurely. He subsequently returned to his parent club, Chelsea, but with the prospect of regular first-team involvement with the champions relatively remote, expectations were high that the winger would remain with Stoke having been offered a permanent deal by the club.

However, rather than jump at Stoke’s offer, Moses declared he would strive to fight for a playing role at Chelsea or join Chelsea’s London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho now believes the 24-year-old has made good enough progress to be given an opportunity with the champions.

Speaking after Moses was one of Chelsea’s better performers in a shock 4-2 defeat against New York Red Bulls, Mourinho said: “I see him fitting in. He’s strong, he’s experienced, he knows the Premier League well, he’s fast, he’s aggressive. “Okay, he has to play with us. But I’m happy with his week, with his 45 minutes and the next match (against Paris Saint Germain) he will have 45 more minutes. But Victor has had an evolution in the last couple of years.”

With wingers Mohammed Salah and Juan Cuadrado expected to leave Chelsea during this transfer window, this would open the door for Moses particularly as Mourinho seems unlikely to buy another winger in this window. Most importantly despite being a Nigerian international he counts as a homegrown player, having moved to the UK when he was 11. This would be a real boost for Chelsea when naming the squad for the Champions League, due to the nationality restrictions currently in place.

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