Mourinho paves way for Duff to leave Chelsea
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has opened the door for Damien Duff to leave Stamford Bridge.
Duff has been linked with a move to Tottenham in order to increase his first-team opportunities with Chelsea already rejecting one £5million bid for the Republic of Ireland international.
Mourinho said: 'It is not true that Duff didn't play much last season - he played two more games than the season before and was injured.
'I have an open relationship with Duff and we have talked about all possibilities. He's a player I'm happy to keep, not desperate to keep.
'I like Damien Duff as a player and a person. I've listened to him for a couple of hours and understand what is going through his mind.'
Mourinho refused to comment on speculation linking Chelsea with a move for Arsenal defender Ashley Cole - but expressed his admiration for the player.
He said: 'Ashley is an Arsenal player so I'm not going to say anything. We have Wayne Bridge back from Fulham and he is a player that we trust.
'We will see what happens with Asier del Horno and if we sell him there will be space to buy a new player.
'Ashley Cole is a good player but we've been connected with every left-back in Europe.'