Chelsea & Barcelona stars not going to Napoli

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Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has ruled out the possibility of signing Chelsea duo Juan Mata or David Luiz in January, and also denied alleged interest in Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano, reports Sky Sports.

The Spanish coach has worked with all three players, during previous spells in the Premier League, and has been credited with an interest in bringing them all to Stadio San Paolo in the mid-season window.

Benitez got the best out of Mata and Luiz during his interim spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, but has distanced himself from rumours linking him with a raid on Chelsea, while reported interest in Barcelona star Mascherano is also wide of the mark.

"I am pleased with the squad we have," said the 53-year-old. "There has been talk of a departure for Duvan Zapata, but that is not true. I am happy with him and he stays here.

"I read in the papers that we are close to a deal for [Javier] Mascherano, David Luiz and [Juan] Mata, but that is not true [either]. It is very difficult to get players like that."

Benitez was speaking at a press conference on Sunday, ahead of the Italian outfit's Serie 'A' clash against Sampdoria, which is taking place today (Monday).

"On most of the players linked with Napoli, there isn't a real interest from us," he added.

The news will come as a relief to Gerardo Martino and Jose Mourinho, with Mascherano set to stay at Camp Nou, and Mata and Luiz to remain in west London until the end of the season at least.

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