Jose Mourinho hints at end to John Stones pursuit and little transfer activity from Chelsea

Mourinho & Bench - Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has addressed the media ahead of Chelsea's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho appears to given up on his pursuit of Everton defender John Stones, saying he isn't prepared to speak on the situation at his Friday press conference covered by the club's official Twitter account

The Blues reportedly made three bids for the England international and last week Mourinho said the remainder of the transfer window was an opportunity for his side.

He told reporters ahead of this weekend's game against Crystal Palace: "If I get another player before the end of the market - good. If not we have a good squad."

This weekend's fixture is at home to the side they wrapped up the title against last season. Mourinho says he doesn't think that particular memory will have any kind of effect on the side going into this game, and thinks Alan Pardew's troops have improved over the summer.

He said: "It's a different match but the same need of getting the three points. Last season was to win the title this season to try to recover positions we lost with two bad results in the opening of the Premier League.

"Palace have better players than last season. If last season they were good, this season they will be even better."

He may not be in the transfer market late on in the window, but Mourinho seems pretty happy with the impact his latest signing Pedro has had on the side. 

The Spaniard managed to find the net on his debut against West Bromwich Albion and set up Diego Costa in order to help the Blues get back to winning ways.

The Chelsea manager added: "You have always a little question mark because everything changes in their lives when they came from other countries, and you never know how quick the adaptation is going to be."

Tomorrow will see Mourinho take in his 100th game at Stamford Bridge in the league, with the Portuguese coach having avoided defeat in 99 of those contests, with just the one defeat coming at home to Sunderland in April 2014.

While delighted to reach his century, nothing but a win will satisfy the Chelsea boss, who said: "I am only happy if I win tomorrow and win the last of the 100 matches."

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