It's not the first time Traore has hit out at Chelsea's youth policy, saying last month: "Leaving was the best decision for me". Eventually, in October 2013, it was made official that Traore has become a Chelsea player. The relationship between Shaw and Mourinho is reported to be markedly strained right now and it seems likely that the manage is prepared to sacrifice the England global if they get a good deal for him. Like several other Chelsea's loanees, Traore was first sent out on loan to Vitesse and then to Ajax and shone brilliantly.
Anthony Martial has recently spoken of his frustration at starting games on the bench for Manchester United, often being limited to late appearances.
With his loan deal coming to an end, Traore chose to leave Chelsea permanently and joined Ligue 1 side Lyon on a five-year contract for a reported £8.8 million fee which included potential add-ons.
The French midfielder has been out of action since suffering a hamstring injury during the 3-0 Champions League win over Basel at Old Trafford back on 12 September. "They are in good positions so I think we can go into this part of the season, the Christmas period, and after, in a strong position".
Mourinho is now willing to use that link as a bargaining chip to get more funds of his own at United, although he still may have to offload players in order to do that. "He knows the capacity of his team", the Frenchman told Omnisport. I fought. I made it to the first-team, but it's almost impossible to become a regular starter at Chelsea for a product of the academy, and I wanted to play regularly.