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Jose Mourinho trusts Chelsea's aces

By Matt McGeehan

Jose Mourinho will trust his Chelsea players not to overindulge in the festive season after Diego Costa joined his team-mates for a midweek Christmas night out ahead of today's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

The striker, who was unhappy at being an unused substitute in last Sunday's draw at Tottenham, was pictured in London in the early hours of Thursday morning along with Ramires and Kenedy.

The trio were out as part of the squad's Christmas party, which had the full blessing of Mourinho.

"If one individual goes for some adventure, I cannot control (that). But collectively, yes (that is it)," said Mourinho, when asked about Christmas celebrations.

"I think the paparazzi had a problem. There were 25 players inside and he only got three."

All the players reported on time for training on Thursday, Mourinho said. Asked if he put limits on alcohol consumption, he replied: "I didn't get these tubes that the police have (breathalysers).

"When I saw the training session, I knew what they did the night before. And the training session was very good for everyone.

"It was their dinner, it was their night. It's their responsibility."

Speculation has heightened that Chelsea are looking to recruit a new striker in January and that Costa was nearing the end of his time at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho added: "I don't know why. He has always played, he was on the bench one match. No problems, no problems at all."

Real Madrid have been thrown out of the Copa del Rey for fielding an ineligible player.

Denis Cheryshev scored the opening goal in Real's 3-1 first leg win over Cadiz on Wednesday night, but should have been suspended after he received three yellow cards for Villarreal in the competition last season.

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