Jose Mourinho has quashed speculation linking Andre Schurrle with a move away from Stamford Bridge after insisting that the Germany international remains in his Chelsea plans moving forward.
The World Cup winner has been used sparingly by the Portuguese coach so far this season, prompting rumours of a possible departure during the January transfer window.
However, speaking after last night's 3-1 victory over Sporting Lisbon in the Champions League, Mourinho was adamant that Schurrle is going nowhere off the back of his man-of-the-match display.
The 24-year-old scored the second goal in Wednesday's European encounter and looked like he is approaching full fitness following an extended period of illness which has affected his involvement.
Mourinho assured fans that the £70,000-a-week star is adapting better to the Premier League, and that his impressive goal return in over 50 Chelsea appearances is a quality definitely worth keeping.
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"He is in my plans," the 51-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports. "We had a problem when he went to the national team the last time and he came back very, very ill and was in trouble for quite a long time.
"Today he had 75 minutes to improve his form, he is a player who needs to adapt better to the Premier League but is also a player that in three shots usually scores a goal. That's an important quality."
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Chelsea wonderkid Ruben Loftus-Cheek is hoping for more playing time in Jose Mourinho's first-team after making his senior debut in last night's Champions League clash against Sporting Lisbon. (The Express)
The 18-year-old midfielder - who has been with the club since the age of eight - was introduced as a second half substitute during the 3-1 on Wednesday evening.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits he almost missed out on signing on Diego Costa after overlooking the £32 million striker during his early days playing in Portugal. (Daily Star)
The Brazil-born star had to wait patiently for his chance to show his quality at Atletico Madrid because of the steady stream of talent, including Fernando Torres, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao at the Vicente Calderon.
Inter Milan will offer Mauro Icardi to Chelsea to generate transfer funds for boss Roberto Mancini, but won't sell the 21-year-old forward for less than £25 million. (London Evening Standard)
Mancini wants to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window and is prepared to cash-in on the want-away Italian, who has been identified by Jose Mourinho for a possible move to Stamford Bridge.