Abramovich wants a more forward-thinking, exciting team for next season. A source close to the Russian said: “Roman wants Chelsea to be more attacking next year.”
Mourinho will be provided with limited extra funds for spending other than those he brings in through sales as Chelsea try to stick within UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.
Mourinho has produced results this season with some masterful defensive displays, largely because of the lack of potency in his squad. Chelsea have ground out results at Manchester City, Liverpool and in the first leg against Atletico with determined rearguard, counter-attacking displays.
But Mourinho has argued that he has been forced into those tactics because his current strikeforce of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba – all set to leave this summer – have not scored enough goals.
Mourinho will not, though, have his coach Rui Faria with him for the last two games of this season and then opening four of next after he was given a six-match stadium ban for his conduct during the Premier League match against Sunderland.
Faria has also been fined £30,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA after the incident in the match where he had to be restrained after being ordered away by referee Mike Dean after he had given a late penalty from which Sunderland won the match 2-1.