Chelsea have been linked with a move for a number of central midfielders of late, with the pursuit of Inter’s Fredy Guarin seemingly heading towards a dead end.
Another to be mentioned as a possible transfer target for Jose Mourinho’s men was Xabi Alonso.
The veteran Spaniard will not be heading to Stamford Bridge either though after penning a new two-year deal with Real Madrid.
However, despite rumblings linking him with a reunion with former boss Mourinho in west London before he signed his new deal, Alonso has stated that there was no interest from Chelsea.
"There was no offer," Alonso admitted. "We (Alonso and Mourinho) have a good relationship but he never said anything about going to Chelsea.
"I am happy here and Carlo Ancelotti is one of those who has pushed most for me to stay. He was a midfielder and knows what the role involves. His public support for me was also important in my decision to stay."
It remains to be seen whether the Blues will actually sign a midfielder over the January window, but have fewer options in the boiler room as Michael Essien looks set for a loan switch to AC Milan.
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