Guarin to Chelsea dead? Trio play down talk of Stamford Bridge

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Chelsea’s move for Inter’s Fredy Guarin has been cast into doubt by recent developments.

Previous reports out of Italy had suggested that the Colombian was poised to move to Stamford Bridge, with a £12m bid rejected by the Nerazzurri but a deal agreed in principal as the sides negotiated over the final fee.

Sportmediaset went so far to cite the removal of photographic evidence concerning Inter from his Twitter profile as an indication that the 27-year-old had one foot out the door at San Siro, whilst Guarin’s agent confirmed talks with the Blues and suggested that only the approval of Nerazzurri president Erik Thohir remained before the sale could be finalised in advance of the January transfer window.

However the midfielder himself, owner Thohir and a member of the Inter boardroom have now all suggested in kind that the Colombia international will remain in northern Italy despite apparent public knowledge that the London outfit are keen on acquiring his services.

"I haven't spoken to Mourinho,” Guarin told reporters, as quoted by Evening Standard. “My agent has done that. I hope that Inter are thinking about how much I really want to stay here.

"There is something going on, I can definitely not deny that. But now I focus only on Inter and to do well here, we'll see in the future."

Thohir was quick to identify the former Porto man, who provided the assist for Rodrigo Palacio’s backheel late winner in the Derby della Madonnina on Sunday evening, as a key element of the side that could be necessary going forward.

"[Guarin] was one of the best players today and I will raise the matter with the coach and sports director, if we should let him leave or not,” the Indonesian magnate said. “But we must build a better Inter."

And director general Marco Fassone has echoed the choir claiming a switch is not on the horizon, insisting that the Italian giants will keep hold of the versatile midfielder.

“Guarin has such talent that he would be tempting for so many teams on the transfer market and boss Walter Mazzarri has made him a better player,” he told Radio RAI.

“Right now, though, we are just talking about rumours. Guarin is a champion who belongs to us and we are keeping a tight grip on him.

“If we make any moves on the market, both in buying or selling, then we will do so with the intention of strengthening the side.”

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