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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jan 19, 2007

Chelsea back in for Bolton's Ben Haim

Chelsea may yet make another move for Bolton's Tal Ben Haim even though they pulled out of negotiations for the defender earlier this week.

Chelsea failed to meet Bolton's asking price of around £3.5 million but with the outbreak of peace between manager Jose Mourinho and the board following yesterday's charity launch at the House of Commons, the Portuguese coach could still get his way.

Ben Haim will be able to walk away from Bolton on a free trsnsfer in the summer but the player is still an affordable option to Chelsea, who baulked at the asking price.

He would be a valuable asset to Mourinho in the light of injuries to captain John Terry and Khalid Boulahrouz and the goodwill exchanged by both sides of the Chelsea divide following a remarkable day of peacekeeping, could pay dividends for the 'special one'.

Mourinho vowed he would be happy to see out his Chelsea contract if the club gave him complete backing and respect and although he stressed that money was not the main issue, Ben Haim's arrival would certainly help their cause.

Mourinho's Chelsea future has been the subject of intense speculation amid suggestions of tension between him and Blues owner Roman Abramovich over the manager's handling of £30.8million signing Andriy Shevchenko and the club's lack of activity in the January transfer window.

But he welcomed a show of support from chief executive Peter Kenyon and pledged to remain at the club if they offered him 'real support and complete respect'.

Kenyon said: 'The board are fully supportive of Jose. He is fully committed to seeing the job out.'

Mourinho responded: 'I like to hear that. It's important for a manager to know and to feel that the club wants him, likes him and supports him.'

'Being supportive is not just about giving you money to spend on players. Being supportive is much more than that. I would say that money is the last part of the support you need.

'So if the club is supportive of me it means that it is supportive of my team because my team is completely with me. We are together since the first day and that hasn't changed so if the club is supportive it's very important.

'Everything is good for me and the support Peter Kenyon was saying to you that the club has for me, if that support is real support - again not about money - but is about real support and complete respect for your job in the club then I will be very happy to see out my contract until the end.'

Kenyon insisted there was no rift between the board and Mourinho and remained confident that the coach would see out his contract which finishes in 2010.

Kenyon, speaking at the launch of Chelsea's Corporate Social Responsibility Report and link-up with the 'Right to Play' charity, declared: 'I think we should be quite clear that Chelsea's not in crisis.

'The owner and the board are fully supportive of Jose - of that there is no question. And let me tell you that Jose is fully supportive of seeing the job out.

'I signed him (Mourinho) up to Chelsea with a vision of where we wanted to take it and he wanted to be part of it, and we're two years into that.

'His contract runs to 2010 and we're very confident. We'd like everybody to get back to concentrating on what is a huge weekend.

'As I say he has got the full support of the owner and the board. He's made it quite clear that he loves Chelsea.'