Mourinho dismisses transfer talk, Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle in Chelsea squad to face Bradford
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that wingers Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle are both in the squad to face Bradford City in this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie.
He denied that the Blues are working on a deal to sign Juan Cuadrado and also rejected speculation that the club are in negotiations with Roma over the sale of Salah.
Mourinho said he expects Schurrle to start against the Bantams.
He told his press conference today ahead of the Bradford game: “Our desire is to keep the same squad, which reflects that we are happy with the players, that we are happy with the work we did in the summer to prepare for the season, which reflects the trust we have in the group and if possible we don’t want to be involved in the transfer window.
“If we are it’s because someone pushed us to do that with some interest in our players with some offer for our players.
“But Chelsea moving and looking for a change? No.”
Asked if the club were negotiating with Roma over Mohamed Salah’s exit, he said: “Salah is selected for tomorrow.
“[Schurrle] is the same. He is selected for tomorrow.”
But Mourinho would not commit to saying that Salah and Schurrle would definitely still be Chelsea players when the transfer window closes on 2 February.
He said: “I cannot say [they will definitely be here at the end of the month] because the window is open but I like them, I need them and I trust them.
“I cannot select the same 18 players every game – I only can play 11. Salah is not playing a lot, Schurrle more than him, but they have played for us in every competition.”
Chelsea are widely rumoured to have lined up Colombia winger Cuadrado, aged 26, in anticipation of Salah, Schurrle or both being sold before the end of the transfer window.
But Mourinho denied that the Fiorentina star had been “marked” as the man to come in if a player is sold.