De Bruyne deal could be finalised within a couple of weeks - Mourinho

Jose Mourinho spoke a lot about transfers in his pre-match press conference before his side's trip to Hull City tomorrow lunchtime.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says there have been no bids for any first team player apart from Kevin De Bruyne.

Juan Mata, Michael Essien and Eden Hazard have all been linked with moves away from the club but the Chelsea boss said the only bids that have come in have been for De Bruyne.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of his side’s trip to Hull City tomorrow, he said:

‘A couple of proposals [have come in]. We keep analysing these proposals one of them is coming into a level we believe can be a good situation for the player and also for the club.

‘It’s not agreed but I believe that between our club and another club will reach an agreement. I can not confirm, far from it. The interest is big from the club, even bigger for the player. Maybe in the next couple of weeks we will finalise the deal.

‘We know he is a fantastic young player with plenty of potential. I’m happy to keep him and to develop him but we have to analyse the player’s profile and personality but maybe he wants so much to go maybe it’s a good option to let him go for the club from a financial point of view.’

Despite the imminent sale of De Bruyne, with German side Wolfsburg the front runners, Mourinho insists there is no need to buy a replacement for his position, saying they have a variety of options.

When it came to discussing the future of other players Mourinho said he had received nothing, and on the subject of Eden Hazard being linked with French champions Paris Saint Germain, the Chelsea boss said: ‘He is not a player that Chelsea are interested in selling anyway.’

The Chelsea manager refused to speak about any rumours linking Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney with a move to Stamford Bridge, and instead focused on his own team.

Despite being only two points behind Arsenal at the top of the table, the Chelsea boss says securing a place in the top four is the first priority, and said tomorrow’s trip to Hull will be a difficult game for his side to win.

He said: ‘I think a very difficult match to win there but I think we have a chance to win, if we do that we will be for a few hours top of the league. But the most important thing for us is to secure a position in the top four which is very difficult for everyone.’

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