In the midst of a battle with Manchester City for Premier League supremacy, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was pressed on Friday about personnel plans for his squad as the transfer window nears its conclusion.
One particularly hot topic of conversation was the club's potential interest in Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado. According to ESPN's Miguel Delaney, Mourinho doesn't believe the Colombian star would be a good fit with the Blues:
The 51-year-old manager also added that Chelsea aren't pursuing any specific players currently:
It is difficult to argue with Chelsea's success this season as they are currently atop the Premier League standings with 52 points, which puts them five points ahead of the Citizens.
Delaney noted that if the club were to sell players, they would likely be active in the window as a result:
Per the club's official Twitter account, Mourinho seems to be taking an if-it-ain't-broke-don't-fix-it mentality into the latter part of the transfer window:
At the same time, Mourinho admitted that moves could still be made. Wingers Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah are two players whom the manager didn't completely shut the door on selling:
Mourinho focused specifically on Schurrle since rumors have swirled around the 24-year-old German. While Mourinho admitted that keeping Schurrle is ideal, he conceded that a big offer could potentially change that:
While Mourinho's overall comments suggest that his preference is to stand pat, it's impossible to tell when he is being 100 percent honest and when he is being less than forthcoming.
As Chelsea's manager, Mourinho must toe the line in terms of endorsing his current players and satiating the fanbase by promising the possibility of improvements.
There is no guarantee that Schurrle or Salah will be moved, so Mourinho has a responsibility to at least put up the facade of being happy with them.
Whatever the case, it is still anyone's guess what Chelsea will ultimately do, which means the next several days should be quite exciting for Blues supporters everywhere.
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