Jose Mourinho has ruled Chelsea out of the running for Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao, while also slamming Romelu Lukaku's willingness to speak with the press since joining Everton.
Martinez's agent was reported to have flown into London to secure a deal, per Matthew Nash of Metro, but it seems that rumour can be put to bed.
It's not true what I read a couple of days ago, that the agent [of Martinez] was in London meeting with me or with Chelsea directors. It's not true at all.
In the January market we're not going to buy any striker, so we will go through to the end of the season with Fernando, Samuel and Demba. Nobody goes in. Nobody goes out.
Matt Barlow of The Daily Mail also suggested Coentrao could be acquired as a replacement for Ashley Cole, but Mourinho rejected claims linking the La Liga-based left-back with a move to Stamford Bridge, suggesting he isn't looking to bring in anyone from his homeland. ESPN provides the quotes:
No. No. I don't want Portuguese players. I always had them but, at this moment, it's enough. I don't have them now. Only Hilario, the remaining one. But we don't need. We don't need.
The returning Chelsea manager had a strong message for Lukaku, who recently joined Everton on loan from last season's Europa League winners for the remainder of the season.
The Belgian behemoth recently revealed he hasn't been in contact with his manager in over two months, reported by Charlie Skillen of the Daily Mail, leading Mourinho to hint that an unreported incident forced the 20-year-old toward Merseyside:
Romelu likes to speak. He's a young boy who likes to speak. But the only thing he didn't say is why he went to Everton on loan. That's the only thing he never says.
And my last contact with him was to tell him exactly that. Why do you never say why you are not here? So it's something he should (talk about) because he likes to speak.
It's something he should say, the reason why he's not with Chelsea and is in Everton.
Lukaku's seven Premier League goals since moving to Goodison Park heavily outscore the combined total of three from Torres, Eto'o and Ba, indicating Mourinho was wrong to let the improving talent leave.
The manager's discussion of Martinez, and indeed the confirmation that Chelsea won't chase a forward in January, also appears to kill speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a move to West London, per James Dickenson of the Express.
Mourinho's combative attitude may be brutally honest, but it fails to help Chelsea in preparation for their next Premier League game against Southampton.
Many fans are sure to be disappointed with his unwillingness to land a new goalscorer and could become worried that Lukaku will find it difficult to make a Stamford Bridge return at the end of the season.