Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has insisted that he hasn't been in contact with Jose Mourinho over a move to Manchester United.
The Spain full-back has been linked with a surprise move to Old Trafford, but it appears that he is happy to remain in west London.
Azpilicueta, 26, enjoyed a prominent period under Mourinho's guidance at Stamford Bridge and has admitted that it's 'always a compliment' to be wanted.
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It's not entirely surprising that Mourinho is hoping to be reunited with Azpilicueta, but it's extremely unlikely that the deal will take place before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
There may be one or two Chelsea fans who are worried about losing the versatile defender as they prepare for a new era under Antonio Conte.
Azpilicueta speaks out
Ultimately, though, the player's latest comments should comfort the Stamford Bridge faithful. He told radio station Cadena Cope, as per The Sun: "[Mourinho?] No. If you believe me or don’t believe me.
“It’s always a compliment that you are wanted. I’ve heard highly about [Bilbao boss] Ernesto Valverde but I’m focused on the national team and Chelsea.
“I’ve been there for four years, I am very happy and I feel highly valued.”
It's clear for all to see that Mourinho isn't going to waste any time in changing the dynamic of his back-line at the Theatre of Dreams.
Ivory Coast international Eric Bailly has already been purchased by the Special One and it appears that one or two could yet follow.
But what does this mean for the current crop of defenders in Manchester? Well, England international Chris Smalling will surely play a prominent role next season after a wonderful year.
Then there's teenager Luke Shaw, who will act as a new signing for the club after his lengthy spell on the sidelines. The former Southampton man is one of the most exciting full-backs in the Premier League and has the credentials to play a leading role over the coming years.
But there's every chance that the likes of Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Antonio Valencia and Phil Jones will be concerned over their Old Trafford futures.
While Blind produced the goods at the heart of the club's defence last season, it's unlikely that Mourinho will trust him to undertake a similar role in 2016/17.
The trio of Darmian, Valencia and Jones, meanwhile, have all struggled in terms of form and consistency.
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