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Jose Mourinho has denied that Chelsea have bid 50 million pounds for Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain, and insisted that Juan Mata shouldn’t be on the market.
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A report in the Daily Telegraph on Friday had claimed that the Blues had been getting ready a comply with-up bid for Higuain, who performed below Mourinho at Actual Madrid, after seeing an initial offer rejected.
Nonetheless, Mourinho stated the club won’t sign a striker within the January window and, when particularly asked about the reported Higuain bid, insisted there isn’t a reality to the story.
“No. No bid. No,” he instructed a information conference on Friday. “He’s a player that I know we can not get. He’s a participant that moved from Real to Napoli six months in the past. He’s doing very nicely, he’s adapting very nicely to Italy. Napoli is a club that normally doesn’t sell.
“In the final years, they bought one player per year, once they had been feeling it was not doable to keep [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and [Edison] Cavani, but they don’t sell. They need to win the Scudetto. I think now within the Europa League they need to win that, so I don’t believe they are inquisitive about selling Higuain. So why should we be involved in shopping for something that is unimaginable to come?”
When asked whether he was telling “white lies,” as he claimed managers sometimes do relating to transfers, Mourinho – who has repeatedly mentioned he’ll maintain religion together with his attack – was unequivocal.
“No. A striker: 100% no,” he said. “[It] isn’t a precedence, isn’t an possibility. Now we have three. This squad is sweet enough for my first season, and for the objectives of the first season and to arrange the subsequent season, so we are pleased with the squad we’ve.
“If we are able to enhance the squad to arrange the next season, we will do this, however we know what now we have. We know players that are in efficiency stability, players that in performance improvement.
“We all know where we’re, we all know what we’d like for the long run, and we are getting ready for the long run but competing in the current. We are favourites for nothing – we simply need to be favourites for the following recreation – and as I was saying at Southampton, the market is open, however for us, almost closed.”
The Chelsea supervisor additionally maintained that Mata is extra settled after the controversy following his substitution within the three-zero win over Southampton.
Manchester United are monitoring Mata’s scenario, with Napoli additionally reported to have an interest, after Mourinho said: “I need to maintain him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my want, however my door is open.”
Asked on Friday whether or not the Spain international had visited his office, Mourinho stated: “No, and at this time he educated in a unbelievable manner, so I believe he targeted extra in what I talked after the sport at Southampton.
“When I instructed him I don’t need him to leave, he was focused on that and not targeted and not when I said the door is always open. When he focused on ‘I don’t want him to depart, I don’t need the club to promote him,’ he moved on. He was happy with the victory, so at the moment he skilled in a improbable way. I hold saying that I would like him to say.”
Mourinho reiterated that he wouldn’t be keen to sell Mata to a different Premier League and added: “We’ve got no affords.”
That is not the case with Kevin De Bruyne, who has been the subject of quite a lot of enquiries, not least from Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen and Malaga.
De Bruyne’s agent was quoted as saying the Belgium international desires to be taking part in repeatedly and that Wolfsburg are able to signing him, but Mourinho has warned the previous Genk and Werder Bremen midfielder is not going to be allowed to depart with no significant switch payment.
“I feel this is a interval for agents to be famous,” the Blues boss told journalists. “It’s that period. It’s also good for you, as a result of you have got a lot to put in writing, you might have a whole lot of information.
“Some are true, some will not be true. Some brokers like to talk when issues are accomplished. Some agents like to speak when things will not be even began. A few of them are addicted to Twitter and social nets and they need to share information with everyone on the same time.
“We know that Kevin didn’t adapt very properly to the tough life a Chelsea player has. Individuals like Willian and Oscar and Mata, they’ve a beautiful, difficult life at Chelsea, which is to play they need to pay an enormous worth. They’ve to give loads, they have to work loads, they usually have to simply accept the competitiveness.
“Kevin [has a] different persona – very important player for Genk, crucial participant for Werder Bremen, first time he involves a membership with big competitors and implausible gamers, but a bit troublesome to adapt to this situation.
“So we all know that he fancies a transfer, but he’s a implausible participant, and they’re very costly, so if individuals think they’ll get our good gamers on sale… gross sales completed in London yesterday. I don’t need him to go away but we’ve a couple of contacts, made not by us, but made by different clubs. We’ve got a couple of contacts.”