Chelsea's head-coach Jose Mourinho has insisted that fan-favourites Juan Mata and David Luiz were not used in a bid for Wayne Rooney, and that neither player will leave the Blues this summer.
The Portuguese boss was speaking at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, where his squad are preparing to face a Malaysia XI on Sunday - but without both players in question, who remain on holiday after going head-to-head in the Confederations Cup final.
Despite initially refusing to discuss the Rooney saga any further, Mourinho declared that there was "no chance" the club will sell either the Spain or Brazil internationals.
The duo had allegedly been offered to United as bait in an attempted part-exchange deal to sign the want-away Red Devils striker - rendering their respective Stamford Bridge futures unclear - yet, Mourinho's categorical rebuttal may have reassured Chelsea fans.
In another gripping dialogue between media and Blues manager, he repeatedly told reporters there was "no chance, no chance" that Mata, the club's current Player of the Year, and Luiz - a future captain perhaps - would leave by September, concluding: "for me that's enough."
Curiously, the ex-Real Madrid boss also remarked that international players need to play every week to guarantee a place at next summer's World Cup, making subtle reference to Rooney, the Englishman in the shadows of Robin van Persie at Old Trafford.
"I always say to my players that when they are with the national team they don't think about our club, but when they are with the club they have to forget the national team and give everything to the club," he explained.
"At the same time, normally players who want to go to their national team and play for their country, normally they must be first choice players for their clubs and be playing regularly. That's the big motivation if you are thinking about playing at the World Cup.
"If they want to go to the World Cup and they're second choice at their club, then they're in trouble, they're in trouble.
"I think it's a crucial year for them. Many national team coaches are worried because they want players to play regularly for their clubs. They have to play for me to play for them. It's a combination. They must share the situation."
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