Jose Mourinho confirms Leo Messi to Chelsea is 'nonsense'

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he is not interested in signing Lionel Messi from Barcelona.

Speaking at Chelsea's pre-match press conference before the Blues' trip to Sunderland this weekend, Mourinho said that the reported Chelsea interest in Messi was 'obviously not true.'

The Stamford Bridge boss was answering in response to a question from a journalist after several news outlets reported Chelsea interest in the Argentine superstar.

Messi at Barcelona

Messi had publicly admitted earlier this month that he may not finish his career at Barcelona, which prompted panic at the Nou Camp club.

Comments from Messi's father also added fuel to the fire, with reports then linking a 'disgruntled' Messi with a move away from Barcelona next summer. Chelsea were thought to be the only club with a real chance of landing the Barca ace on account of his friendship with former teammate Cesc Fabregas.

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Mourinho has now shot down that rumour though, and judging by his comments during the press conference it sounds pretty unlikely that he will look to add to his squad in January.

The Special One was full of praise for his players after they played 'beautiful' football in a 2-0 win over West Brom last weekend and followed that up with a 'perfect' performance in the Champions League against Schalke.

Mourinho said: "Every player in my squad is fantastic and I'm so happy with all of them. The only risk we have is complacency.

"We were winning 5-0 against Schalke and in the 88th minute Eden Hazard made a big sprint to defend.

"I have enough experience not to be over the moon when we win or in hell when we lose."

Fabregas on fire

Regarding Fabregas, Mourinho went on to say that the Spain international believes he's playing some of the best football of his career.

That's impressive enough considering his form for Barcelona and Arsenal prior to joining the Blues, but what makes it even more remarkable is the fact that Fabregas has only been a Chelsea player for a couple of months.

"If Cesc Fabregas says he is playing the best football of his career that means something. You can see it in his body language," Mourinho continued.

Fabregas has settled into the team straight away and has played a key role in their fast start to the season.

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