The Sun is claiming that Jose Mourinho has urged Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich to make a number of changes to his squad in January.
The Blues manager has been under intense pressure so far this season, with many reports he has been set for the sack for a number of weeks.
The club are yet to make the drastic decision to remove the manager which led them to last season’s Capitol One Cup and Premier League triumphs, and Mourinho is now claimed to have requested to make wholesale changes to his squad, in order to point the club in the ‘right direction’.
A source close to the manager is quoted as saying: “He wants to get to the January transfer window to remove the players he considers to be bad apples in the squad and get the club moving in the right direction again.”
He continued to claim that Jose refuses to be given a set deadline on things to start improving, while Abramovich needed to see positive signs.
“Jose does not want deadlines put on him for improvement but Roman has told Mourinho he needs to see signs of an upturn.”
The Russian owner should have been pleased with the performance by Chelsea against Stoke City on Saturday, despite the resulting loss.
No players have been named as set for the axe, but Gary Cahill has been benched for consecutive matches, Cesc Fabregas was left out of the starting line-up at the weekend, while Oscar has struggled for regular playing time, and has picked up under 400 match minutes in the league so far this term.