Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blues' Boss Stays Silent on Pursuit of Defender

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blues' Boss Stays Silent on Pursuit of Defender

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Byline: Matt McGeehan

JOSE Mourinho refused to comment on Chelsea's pursuit of John Stones after admitting the Premier League champions had practised their defending this week.

The Blues are understood to have had four bids rejected so far - although Everton refused to confirm the latest reported PS37million offer - and are unlikely to lodge a further bid before Tuesday's 6pm deadline.

"I don't speak about players from other teams," said Mourinho, whose side play Crystal Palace today in his 100th Premier League home game at Stamford Bridge. "I have a good squad. I'm happy with the squad I have. If I get another player beforethe end of the market, good. If I don't get, we go with what we have."

Mourinho was asked about Everton boss Roberto Martinez's belief the transfer window should close before the competition begins. It is something the Portuguese has suggested previously but he refused to respond.

He added: "You think I'm going to comment on Roberto Martinez's words. Not generally, I don't comment. I don't comment on other opinions." Speculation of a Chelsea move for France midfielder Paul Pogba continues as the transfer deadline approaches but Mourinho again declined to comment.

"I'm not going to do the 'like', 'I would like' of Pogba. He's a Juventus player, I'm the Chelsea manager," added Mourinho, who last week rebuked Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri for commenting on his fondness for Ramires and Oscar.

The Blues have also been linked with China right-back Zhang Linpeng from Guangzhou Evergande, an interest which is understood to be genuine. Once more, Mourinho was silent. He said: "He is a Guangzhou player, so it's the same story. I don't comment."

Captain John Terry was sent off in the 3-2 win at The Hawthorns and is suspended, Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma likely to line-up in central defence.

Chelsea have one loss in Mourinho's 99 home games - against Sunderland in April 2014 - but have already conceded seven goals in three games this term, including a 3-0 loss at Manchester City. …

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