Jose Mourinho has dismissed transfer speculation surrounding Juan Mata and Kevin De Bruyne, claiming the transfer window is a time of year for ‘agents to become famous’.
Mourinho was also very open on agents’ dealing during the January transfer window, particularly in regard to Kevin De Bruyne:
‘This is a period for agents to be famous. It’s that period. Some agents like to speak when things are done, some like to speak when things have not even started. Some of them are addicted to Twitter and social networks and want to share info with everybody at the same time. We know Kevin didn’t adapt well to the difficult life a Chelsea player has. People like Oscar, Mata, Willian, Eden, they have a beautiful difficult life at Chelsea. To play they have to pay a big price, work a lot, give a lot, and accept the competition. Kevin is a different personality. He was a very important player for Genk and Werder Bremen. This is the first time he comes to a big club with big competition. We know he fancies a move, but he’s a fantastic player and they’re very expensive. If people think they can get our good players on sales, the sales finished in London yesterday. I don’t want him to leave. But we have a couple of contacts made by other clubs.”
Jose Mourinho on the latest Juan Mata rumours:
Mourinho was also asked about Juan Mata, whom he suggested would be transfer listed after a bad reaction to being substituted during the New Year’s Day win at Southampton.
‘Today he trained in a fantastic way. He focused more on what I told him after the game at Southampton when i told him I don’t want him to leave. And that my door is always open. He focused on me not wanting him to leave and not wanting the club to sell him. He moved on. No problems.”
Jose Mourinho was also asked if Chelsea have had a £50million bid for Gonzalo Higuain turned down:
“No! He’s a player I know we cannot get. A player that moved from Real to Napoli six months ago. He’s doing very well, adapting well to Italy. Napoli is normally a club that doesn’t sell. In the last seasons they have sold one player per year. I don’t believe they are interested in selling him. Nothing is true about that.”
Finally, this was what Jose had to say about Chelsea buying a new striker this January:
“It is not a priority to get a striker. Not an option. I’m not looking for one. The squad is good enough for my first season and for the objectives of the first season. We are happy with the squad we have. We are preparing for the future but competing in the present. We are favourites for nothing, we just want to be favourites for the next game – that’s our philosophy.”