Mourinho denies Higuain bid, but reveals interest in De Bruyne

Mourinho Dugout

Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of his side's FA Cup trip to Derby County this weekend.

Jose Mourinho has hinted said that Kevin De Bruyne fancies a move away from Stamford Bridge, but says that he does not want the player to leave.

The Chelsea boss has said he has had contact from 'a couple' of clubs regarding the services of the midfielder, and has admitted he has struggled to adapt to life of Chelsea, but has said he is a fantastic player and that 'fantastic players are expensive'.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side's FA Cup tie against Derby County at Pride Park on Sunday, Mourinho said: 'We know Kevin didn't adapt very well to the difficult life a Chelsea player has, which is to pay a big price to play. They have to give a lot, to work a lot and to accept competitiveness.

'If people think they can get our good players on sale, the sales finished in London yesterday.'

Mourinho also denied that Chelsea have put in a bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain and that he has no offers for the services of Juan Mata.

He said: 'They want to win Scudetto I think now they're in the Europa league they want to win the Europa league so I don’t think they want to sell Higuain so why would we be interested in a player that’s not going to come?'

He has also dismissed suggestions at signing any striker during the transfer window, saying he is happy with the trio of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba.

The Chelsea boss has said that Mata has trained well and that the Spaniard is focusing on the fact his manager would like him to stay at Stamford Bridge.

Ahead of the trip to Pride Park, Mourinho has said he is going there with the strongest possible team to win the game on the day, and hopes to avoid a replay.

'We are not going to give a break to some players because we want to win the game, and we don't want to play a second game.'

On the injury front, Ryan Bertrand is now part of the squad after recovering from injury with Frank Lampard and Branislav Ivanovic ruled out until later on this month. 

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