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Mourinho Denies Transfer Rumors

  • ESPN FC, Friday, January 3, 2014 2 PM

Jose Mourinho on Friday insisted that Chelsea is not interested in Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and that playmaker Juan Mata is not for sale. Responding to a report in the Daily Telegraph earlier Friday that the former Real Madrid coach seeks a reunion with Higuain in London, Mourinho said: “No. No bid. No. He’s a player that I know we cannot get. He’s a player that moved from Real to Napoli six months ago. He’s doing very well, he’s adapting very well to Italy. Napoli is a club that normally doesn’t sell.”

In fact, the Portuguese went on to say that Chelsea isn’t planning to do much of anything during the January transfer window. “No. A striker: 100 percent no,” he said. “[It] is not a priority, is not an option. We have three. This squad is good enough for my first season, and for the objectives of the first season and to prepare the next season, so we are happy with the squad we have.”

Asked whether Mata, who has been linked with possible moves to Paris Saint-Germain or Napoli, would be allowed to leave, Mourinho again said, “No, and today he trained in a fantastic way, so I think he focused more in what I talked after the game at Southampton…When he focused on ‘I don’t want him to leave, I don’t want the club to sell him,’ he moved on. He was happy with the victory, so today he trained in a fantastic way. I keep saying that I want him to say.”

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