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Mourinho: "No chance" of Mata, Luiz or Ivanovic leaving

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In his very first interview upon being appointed as the new Chelsea coach, Jose Mourinho clearly stated that he would prefer to work with the team already existing rather than go on another shopping spree. However, it hasn’t been an easy first month in the hot seat for the returning Chelsea boss with a key player linked with a departure from the club virtually every second day.

First there was interest in captain John Terry from big spenders AS Monaco, who had just burgled Radamel Falcao from right under Chelsea’s nose. But there was no action that followed and hence the first hurdle was passed with relative ease. Next Paris St Germain attempted to take away the flamboyant David Luiz so that they could have the Brazilian international backline and Chelsea rebuffed this too.

The French champions attempted to prise away Branislav Ivanovic and it seemed to be serious for a while until the Special One had a chat with the Serbian convincing him to stay with the Blues. Yesterday, after Chelsea’s match against Singha All-Stars, Mourinho confirmed that there was no bid from PSG for the versatile defender. He said, “PSG has not contacted Chelsea. And if there was an interest, it was not official. As coach of leaders we have a responsibility to lead the club, and we are very clear about this: There is no chance to see Ivanovic leave Chelsea this summer.”

Chelsea have been known to be in the market for a marquee signing in the attacking department. They have now narrowed the search down to Wayne Rooney. There were some rumours that the bid launched by Chelsea included Juan Mata or David Luiz, which was very startling indeed. However, the club released a statement that that rumour was not to be believed. And when the Mourinho was asked about whether the Brazilian or the Spaniard would be leaving the club citing the interest from Barcelona, he rebuffed it, vehemently saying there was “No chance. No chance.”

It is clear that there is a lot of demand for Chelsea players but Mourinho is adamant that they stay and serve the club in their quest to “conquer the world” next season.