Chelsea suffer blow as Serie A giants rule out January departure

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Chelsea have been dealt a blow in the race to sign Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin.

Reports had suggested Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was keen on making Guarin his first signing of the January transfer window.

However Mourinho's hopes of signing the Colombian international have been crushed as Inter Milan have confirmed they have no intentions of selling their star midfielder.

Inter's Sporting Director Piero Ausilio, speaking to the Daily Star, said on Guarin:

"Guarin is an Inter player and we are happy to keep him. Denying the contacts with Chelsea would be denying the evidence.

"We are happy Guarin could stay with us for a long time.

"We don't have the intention to sell him. He's an important player."

Portuguese tactician Mourinho will now have to turn his attention elsewhere - unless Guarin personally chooses to force through a move away from Inter Milan.

Former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic is also said to be on Chelsea's January shopping list, however the Blues will have to fight off competition from both Manchester clubs if they are to re-sign the 25-year-old midfielder.

Inter Milan's decision to keep Guarin at the San Siro follows Atletico Madrid's claims that they are confident of keeping hold of Chelsea target Diego Costa.

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