Mourinho has 'no idea' over Cavani links and says Chelsea still title outsiders

Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of his side's clash with Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Jose Mourinho has said that his side are still outsiders for the title despite their victory against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.

The Chelsea manager said the objective is still to finish in the Champions League places and has said he is happy with the gap he has to fifth place.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their game with Newcastle this weekend, Mourinho said: ‘The big objective for us is to finish top four or top three and when you see that little gap after Liverpool from us that gap is good because it gives us that stability, and we can enjoy and get results that will allow us to stay at the top of the league.

‘I’m not saying we’re not going to win, I’m saying we’re not candidates, we’re outsiders. We’re playing our league against ourselves to try to improve. We are not a squad like Man City’s with every player in the best moment of their career of the age of stability between 25 and their 30s, all of them working together for a long time, a manager that arrived and the team was there ready for him.

‘Arsenal is the biggest example of stability and a manager working with players year after year. He’s working with these guys since they were really young players.’

Fernando Torres is still out for the game against Newcastle but the Chelsea boss did say he is making good progress, and confirmed that Mohamed Salah could play a part tomorrow. He also hinted that there are one or two minor niggles in the camp that need to be assessed between now and kick off.

Transfer speculation cropped up with Mourinho saying that Ashley Cole does have a future at Chelsea with his contract expiring in the summer, amidst reports that Theirry Henry has said he should join him at New York Red Bulls.

The Chelsea boss also distanced himself from speculation linking Edinson Cavani with a move to Stamford Bridge from PSG.

‘In this moment we are trying to sign nobody. I have no idea. He just arrived in the club six months ago. Maybe he’s so happy he doesn’t want to leave and maybe the club is happy they don’t want him to leave.’

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