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Chelsea Transfer News: Wayne Rooney Deal Ruled Out by Jose Mourinho

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 17:  Jose Mourinho manager of Chelsea looks on during the Capital One Cup Quarter-Final match between Sunderland and Chelsea  at Stadium of Light on December 17, 2013 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

Jose Mourinho has stated that no strikers will be arriving for the club this January despite the criticism falling upon Chelsea's attacking line this season.

The Blues manager has put his faith in the talent of Fernando Torres, who recently scored in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since October 2012.

The Portuguese said that Torres should not worry, according to the Daily Star's Gary Jones, following Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull City:

Fernando is calm. He knows we are not going into the market now. In the summer, normally a club like Chelsea is always trying to improve and get new players but he knows that we like him and support him and he knows there is no problem.

Everyone needs strikers to score goals; the strikers are the goalscorers. If you have players in other positions who can score an important number of goals - better.

If you have a Frank Lampard - better. If you have Eden Hazard - better. But the strikers are the ones that normally score the goals.

Mourinho's comments would suggest that Chelsea will not bring in Wayne Rooney or any other attacking figures to Stamford Bridge this winter.

HULL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11:  Fernando Torres of Chelsea celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Chelsea at KC Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Ima
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The thoughts of the Chelsea boss are based on sound logic. His team are currently just one point off Premier League leaders Manchester City, although Arsenal could stretch that to two points with a win over Aston Villa on Monday evening.

That being said, the Blues are very much in the race to retrieve the English title, boasting the joint second-best defence in the division in conceding just 19 goals alongside Everton—only one more than the Gunners.

Hazard, as Mourinho mentions, has been particularly critical to the Chelsea cause this term. With a goal tally of nine, Hazard has created a Premier League high of 50 scoring opportunities, per Squawka.

Torres has been the most reliable of the Blues senior strikers this term. Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o have managed just eight goals combined across all competitions, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur battles for the ball with Wayne Rooney of Manchester United during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 20
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Rooney's 2014 addition would assuredly be a well-timed one for the Blues. At the start of the year, The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reported that the forward was stalling on a contract extension due to the Red Devils' disappointments this term, initiating fears that the club won't qualify for next season's Champions League.

The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson reported last summer that Hazard said Rooney would be a perfect addition for his team:

With a little less than 18 months left on his deal at Old Trafford, United could be forced into selling Rooney rather than lose him as a free transfer in 2015.

However, it seems that this summer is the earliest juncture at which such a move would come about as Mourinho is content in placing faith in the tools at hand.

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