Jose Mourinho plays down talk of imminent transfers

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will make no further bids for John Stones in this transfer window.

The Blues have had two bids rejected for the Everton defender this summer and it would seem that Mourinho is now focusing on this weekend's Premier League opener against Swansea City.

Speaking to talkSPORT, the Portuguese said: "I repeat the same thing every season. For me, the transfer window is over. I don’t like the transfer window when competition starts."

"I know it is open and my club is able to buy or sell, but I don’t like that feeling. As a football coach I am now thinking about my players, about my squad and I don’t want to think about the transfer window.

"What happens happens, but I’m not going to lose one minute of my time thinking about the transfer window and I’ll try to get the best out of my players.

"These are the rules and I have to adapt but I don't think about it."

Stones, 21, has been seen as the ideal long-term replacement for skipper John Terry but Everton are reluctant to sell having rejected bids of £20 million and £25 million. Mourinho believed it would take a record bid for an English defender to prise the former Barnsley man away from the Toffees.

Manchester United and Manchester City were also reportedly interested in the England international but they haven't followed up their interest with a bid.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand, however, believes Stones would be much better suited at Old Trafford.

"If he goes to Chelsea, he's not playing every week," said Ferdinand. "If you tell any young footballer to leave a club to sit on the bench, you've got to be a lunatic.

"He's at that stage of his development where he wants to play every week. If he goes to Manchester United, he plays every week so that's the right club for him."

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