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Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Talks Juan Cuadrado, Andre Schurrle, More

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJanuary 23, 2015

SWANSEA, WALES - JANUARY 17:  Jose Mourinho the Chelsea Manager gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on January 17, 2015 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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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:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Mourinho on Cuadrado: "I think he fits well in Fiorentina squad, and Colombia squad, not in Chelsea squad."

The 51-year-old manager also added that Chelsea aren't pursuing any specific players currently:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Mourinho asked about Cuadrado: "There are no men marked [to come in]."

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: 

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Mourinho confirms, if one sold, Chelsea will do business.

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:

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Jose says the club's desire is to keep the same squad, reflecting they are happy with the players. #CFC

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:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

So Schurrle and Salah definitely will be here? "I cannot say that. Window is open. I like them, I need them, I trust them."

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:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Mourinho on Schurrle: "The principle is we would like him to stay... the question is to have a *phenomenal* offer + player super keen to go"

According to Delaney, Mourinho's stance on both Schurrle and Salah sounded similar to what he said prior to the Blues moving on from Juan Mata and Fernando Torres:

Miguel Delaney @MiguelDelaney

Mourinho basically reading from same script as when before Mata/Torres sold.

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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