Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has used his pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup tie with Bradford City to reiterate that he is content with the Chelsea squad, which means no exits unless the Blues receive a "phenomenal" offer for Andre Schurrle or any other player in the next 10 days.
Mourinho told BBC Sport: “"If we have to be it's because somebody pushed us, with some offer for our player. But Chelsea moving and looking for a change? No."
When asked directly about Mohamed Salah possibly moving to AS Roma, the Chelsea manager refused to completely rule it out, “I cannot say that [they will definitely stay] because there is a window open but I trust and like them, we don’t want to sell our players.”
Cuadrado on the move?
Speculation is rife that if either player were to move then Chelsea would purchase Juan Cuadrado as a direct replacement, a player Fiorentina would surely sell if the price was right.
Keen to impart that any transfer would need to fall in place with FFP, Mourinho was dismissive over reports of a formal bid for the Colombian wing wizard, insisting: “I think he [Cuadrado] fits well in Fiorentina’s squad, not Chelsea’s squad.”
Happy with summer buys
“Our desire is to keep the same squad which reflects that we are happy with the work we did in the summer,” the manager told reporters. However Mourinho did say they would buy a replacement if any player were to leave the club.
Reasoning that both players were being given ample chances in the squad Mourinho explained, “I cannot select the same 18 players every game but Schurrle and Salah have played for us in every competition."
Pointing to the fine form displayed by Hazard and Willian, Mourinho reflects that unless he finds a different system Schurrle would remain a third choice option.
Disputing claims that Schurrle is not considered a regular at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho said, “He starts lots of matches. Premier League, Champions League, I consider him an important option.”
That statement suggest where Mourinho sees Schurrle in the current Chelsea squad, as a plan b and not a starting option. The player has cemented a reputation as a fine option of the bench, putting in some strong displays for both club and country.
With reported interest from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund, whether the player would accept a limited role at Chelsea ahead of a starring role in Germany.
Should Schurrle look to move on?
Although Mourinho has moved to reinforce the German internationals position in the Chelsea squad he did concede, “The question is to have a phenomenal offer and a player to be super keen to accept a new challenge. The principle is I want him to say.”
The Chelsea boss revealed that the reason for Schurrle not making the squad against Liverpool was illness, although it was not the illness that kept him out of the team earlier in the season.
Mourinho confirmed to the press that both Salah and Schurrle will be selected in the 18-man squad for the fourth round clash with Bradford, but it remains to be seen if they have a long-term future in West London despite claims to the contrary.