Jose Mourinho has revealed that Andre Schurrle is yet to be subject to a transfer offer and also appeared to rule out the possibility of the player leaving Chelsea this month.
German international Schurrle - who helped his country to World Cup glory in Brazil last month - has been subject to intense transfer speculation this week, with reports from the British press on Thursday suggesting that Chelsea had entered into negotiations with La Liga champions Atletico Madrid over a potential deal for the 23-year-old forward.
Such claims appeared to be given short shrift by Mourinho on Friday however, who appears reluctant to allow the promising Schurrle to depart Stamford Bridge.
"Right, now, there is no offer or possibility," he was quoted by The Daily Express regarding the player's future.
Having joined Chelsea from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen last summer, Schurrle enjoyed a productive first season in English football, scoring eight goals in 30 Premier League appearances under Mourinho but struggling to nail down a regular starting berth.
Schurrle's talent was on display for all to see for Germany in South America, too, with the versatile attacker notching three times on the way to success - including a brace in the historic 7-1 demolition of hosts Brazil in the semi-final.
Mourinho's forward line has been subject to major upheaval during the current transfer window, with the Portuguese evidently eager to ensure that the club's title bid is not once again threatened by a lack of consistency in the final third.
As well as releasing Samuel Eto'o at the end of his contract in West London, Chelsea have also allowed Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku to depart the club, with the two frontmen joining Besiktas and Everton respectively.
Diego Costa has arrived from Atletico and Mourinho also made the popular decision to bring the legendary figure of Didier Drogba back to Chelsea in July following his exit from Turkish giants Galatasaray.
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Following undoubtedly the most successful campaign in their recent history, Atletico - who pipped nearest challengers Barcelona to the Spanish domestic title on the final day of last season following a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou - have unsurprisingly had to deal with a plethora of transfer interest in their top stars over recent months.
The loss of Costa - who boasted a truly formidable record of 27 goals in just 34 La Liga games last season - and veteran forward David Villa posed an obvious threat to Atletico's chances of retaining their title, although Diego Simeone, to his credit, moved quickly to secure the signings of Mario Mandzukic, Raul Jimenez and French starlet Antoine Griezmann.
However, with both Barcelona and fierce rivals Real Madrid having made hugely impressive attacking additions to their own squads this summer, it appears that Simeone - who also guided Atletico to the Champions League final in May - is on the hunt for further recruits in this area.
While Schurrle may well be out of reach, compatriot Marco Reus could be a more attainable target, with reports today suggesting that they are confident of capturing the Borussia Dortmund favourite.