In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, Jose Mourinho is considering an offer to take charge of Celtic, Eintracht Frankfurt insist their heavy league loss on Sunday means nothing ahead of the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Chelsea, and Tammy Abraham is ready to return for Aston Villa’s play-off campaign.
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Celtic make offer to Mourinho
The Daily Mail reports that Jose Mourinho could be set to return to management next season as manager of Celtic after the Scottish giants reportedly made an offer to lure the former Chelsea boss north of the border.
A three-time Premier League winner with the Blues, Mourinho has been out of work since parting company with Manchester United last December and is mulling over his next move with Lyon and Roma also linked with the 56-year-old.
According to the report, the salary on the table at Celtic Park is believed to be competitive and a move to Glasgow would represent an opportunity for Mourinho to strengthen his trophy haul with Celtic seeking a ninth consecutive Scottish league title next season.
Neil Lennon is currently the team’s caretaker manager following the departure of Brendan Rodgers for Leicester City in February.
Eintracht look to bounce back after heavy league loss
Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic said that his team’s 6-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday means little as they prepare for the second leg of the Europa League semi-final against Chelsea on Thursday.
Eintracht manager Adi Hutter made four changes to his side for the match between the fourth and fifth placed sides in the Bundesliga and saw them battered as they conceded six goals in the opening half.
‘You have days like this. Unfortunately, it was a historic game and not in the way we would’ve liked,’ said Bobic, as reported by the club’s official website.
‘One mustn’t forget that this is only our second defeat of the second half of the season. It means nothing for Thursday. We have four days until then and everything’s possible in London.
‘We’ve had a great season so far and we’ll keep going.’
Added Hutter: ‘It’s a dark day. We played badly and the defeat is a painful one. The criticism is certainly justified. We had no mental or physical freshness and we never got into our game.
‘I have no doubt we’ll put on a different display on Thursday. Our heads will be clear by then.’
Abraham ready for play-offs
Tammy Abraham missed Aston Villa’s 2-1 loss to Norwich City in their final game of the Championship regular season but the on-loan Chelsea striker looks set to return for the play-offs.
Villa manager Dean Smith told the Birmingham Mail that the 21-year-old had recovered from a shoulder injury which he suffered against Bolton last month but with the club’s place in the play-offs secured, he decided to rest him for the Norwich game.
‘He's available. If I needed him Sunday I could use him,’ said Smith earlier in the weekend.
‘I don't think I will, though. It's better for him that he gets some more training minutes and is ready for the first play-off game.’
Abraham has scored 25 goals for Villa this season and he posted a message on Instagram which indicated he was ready to return.
‘Back in the mix, ready to go! Let’s get it,’ he said in a rousing message to Villa fans.
Villa face West Bromwich Albion in the play-off semi-finals with the first leg at The Hawthorns this coming Saturday.
Bristol City look to keep Chelsea trio
Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is hoping to keep all three of his Chelsea loanees beyond this season after his side just missed out on a spot in the Championship play-offs.
Tomas Kalas, Jay Dasilva and Kasey Palmer all played for the Robins in their 1-1 draw at Hull City on Sunday as they finished in eighth place, four points out of a spot in the play-offs.
The trio are set to return to Chelsea next week on the completion of their loan deals but Johnson told the Bristol Post that he hopes they return to Ashton Gate next season.
‘Yes, I would like to keep all three players,' said Johnson.
‘I think Tomas Kalas has been fantastic and I've enjoyed working with him and he has taken us to another level in terms of his quality.
‘And Jay Dasilva is a real bright prospect and obviously a small player. Not everybody will take a 5ft4 left-back, but seeing as his manager is the same size that helps him feel better about himself!
‘Then it comes to Kasey Palmer, but listen his quality is there for all to see: but it must be caveated that he needs a full pre-season under me.
‘I don't think he's been fit enough throughout this second half of the season.’