A report in The Independent claims that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has thrown the idea of signing Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes out of the window.
Mourinho has told Chelsea that he is happy with his current crop of goalkeepers despite the absence of his first-choice Thibaut Courtois.
Courtois sustained a serious knee injury during a routine training session and is expected to be out for anywhere between two and four months. This report claims the Belgian will be out until January.
With just one professional goalkeeper in the form of Asmir Begovic, the Blues are eligible to make an emergency loan signing, but Mourinho has instead put his faith in youngster Jamal Blackman.
It is another significant blow for Valdes, who faces a season on the sidelines at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal told him he was no longer in his first-team plans.
No one wants him
The fiery Dutchman claims Valdes failed to adapt to his philosophy and would be allowed to leave the club in the summer transfer window. However, the former Barcelona star failed to seal a transfer away and now finds himself watching on from the stands.
That led to the belief that Chelsea could make a move to sign him on a temporary basis, but it seems Mourinho is satisfied with Begovic and Blackman as his only options.
If either them should get injured, however, then it could be a very different story. Despite his lack of football since suffering ligament damage in his final days at Barcelona, Valdes remains a top goalkeeper and would cost them next to nothing to take on loan.
But whether or not Van Gaal would entertain the idea of strengthening one of his main title rivals is another thing altogether.
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