Jose Mourinho refused to entertain the transfer speculation linking Chelsea with a number of Europe's most in-demand footballers by claiming his striking roster was full and that he does not feel the need to recruit any more Portuguese players.
The Blues boss was reacting to the escalating rumours that, because of Ashley Cole's fast expiring contract at Stamford Bridge coupled with Liverpool's allegedly impending £8m bid for Ryan Bertrand, the club will remedy a prospective dearth of full backs by returning to Real Madrid to acquire Fabio Coentrao, a 25-year-old member of the Portugal national team who has featured just four times for Los Blancos this season.
'I've always had them [Portuguese nationals] but at this moment, it's enough. Hilario is the only one and we don't need… we don't need,' he said at a media conference recently.
Because of the barren nature of the club's front-line, Chelsea have also been linked with making a move for some of the world's hottest attacking talent, particularly a member of another former Mourinho side; Jackson Martinez of FC Porto, whose representation was supposedly in England in an attempt to ratify an imminent switch.
'It's not true that [Martinez's agent] was in London to meet me a few days ago. In the January market we won't buy a striker,' he concluded.
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