Thursday 23 November 2017

Mourinho refuses to comment on Stones

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho refused to comment on Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones after admitting the Premier League champions had practised their defending this week.

The Blues are understood to have had four bids rejected so far - although Everton refused to confirm the latest reported £37million offer - and are unlikely to lodge a further bid before Tuesday's 6pm deadline.

"I don't speak about players from other teams," said Mourinho, whose side play Crystal Palace today in his 100th Premier League home game at Stamford Bridge.

"I have a good squad. I'm happy with the squad I have. If I get another player until the end of the market, good. If I don't get, we go with what we have."

Mourinho was asked about Everton boss Roberto Martinez's belief that the transfer window should close before the competition begins.

It is something the Portuguese has suggested previously, but he refused to respond.

"You think I'm going to comment on Roberto Martinez's words?" Mourinho said.

"Not generally, I don't comment. I don't comment on other opinions."

Speculation of a Chelsea move for France midfielder Paul Pogba continues as the transfer deadline approaches, but Mourinho again declined to comment.

"I'm not going to do the 'like', 'I would like' of Pogba. He's a Juventus player, I'm the Chelsea manager," added Mourinho, who last week rebuked Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri for commenting on his fondness for Ramires and Oscar.

Meanwhile, Uruguayan striker Leandro Rodriguez has completed his move to Everton from River Plate Montevideo. The 22-year-old forward has signed a four-year deal.

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