Eliaquim Mangala says he is flattered to be connected with a move to Chelsea this summer after admitting he would love to work with Jose Mourinho.
The Blues are set for an overhaul with Mourinho looking likely to return to the fray at Stamford Bridge. And the manager will no doubt have a list of big names he wants to bring with him as he looks to tbuild a side capable of challening for the title.
Chelsea's transfer budget with Roman Abramovich in charge for the 10th season will likely be a big one once more, and after reports claimed the side might want to bring in Porto star Mangala, he said he would be open to a move.
"It's flattering because Chelsea are a great club and Mourinho is a great coach," he said, according to the Sun. "I intended to stay in Porto but you never know what will happen in football, especially when big clubs are involved.
"At Porto I play every week and I am involved in the title fight and the Champions League. And that is important to me."
Mangala has become a regular in the Porto line-up, improving their backline considerably over the course of last season as they pipped Benfica to the title in the final game.
There will certainly be some changes to the squad if Mourinho is finally given the chance to build again on the successful team he first coached between 2004-2007, with a striker also said to be high on the list of priorities.
At just 22 years of age, the former Standard Liege youngster will be looking to make his debut for the France team in time to be in contention for the 2014 World Cup. If he can break into the first team for Chelsea, he will certainly go a long way to proving himself for his country as well.