• Week in Words

'For Chelsea, there is no tick-tock'

ESPN staff
August 24, 2014
Sounds like Chelsea fans won't be watching Sky Sports News like the rest of us on transfer deadline day © Getty Images

In the latest edition of ESPN's Week in Words, Jose Mourinho has no need to panic while Paul Scholes offers Louis van Gaal a potential new training tip...

"Khedira has permission to leave. I am not interested in where he goes"
Ouch. Don't hold back, Carlo Ancelotti

"Hopefully he [Malky Mackay] will learn from what he has done but everyone does the tweeting and texting. I don't send text messages, but I do receive them with sick jokes. I don't read them, they make me ill"
If anyone can work out how Harry Redknapp doesn't read text messages but knows what they contain, please text us...

"I'll try to play it from there"
Upon realising his tee shot had come to rest in a carpeted area of a grandstand at The Barclays, Phil Mickelson announced this to no one in particular

"Well, there's only one 'Rusty' and that's Lleyton Hewitt. I was a bit slow to get into the competition mode. It was a very unique five or six weeks with the wedding and winning Wimbledon and getting back to No.1 in the world"
To be fair, it's kind of understandable that Novak Djokovic's form has been a bit "rusty" heading into the US Open

"We are very calm. This countdown clock you have on Sky all the time, for us, there is no tick-tock"
Jose Mourinho seems pretty chuffed with his transfer business at Chelsea, then

"This is my last day at AC Milan"
Mario Balotelli said his goodbyes to his AC Milan team-mates on Thursday as he headed to Liverpool...

"Either it works here or it's a bust. If it goes wrong? Mario is 24 years old. He no longer has the alibi of his age"
But then Balotelli was given a stark warning by his agent Mino Raiola

"I am sick of having to criticise the club to which I gave my life as a footballer"
Paul Scholes says Manchester United need to pull their finger out in the transfer market

"What he gets up to in the summer is up to him. He had a smoke, but it's not the end of the world. At United the laundry room used to be full of smoke in the mornings because Laurent Blanc and Fabien Barthez wouldn't start training until they had a cigarette"
New-found quote machine Scholes also backed Jack Wilshere after the Arsenal midfielder was caught on camera smoking while on holiday

"People have been waiting for an opportunity to have a go at United for years and this is the perfect time"
Darren Fletcher has warned Manchester United to expect a backlash

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