Mourinho silent on Stones saga

The Chelsea manager refused to be drawn on transfer speculation and insisted he is not worried by the Blues’ early season form

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho declined to comment on the John Stones saga, after the Blues target had a transfer request rejected by Everton.

Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright announced on Thursday that the club had turned down the centre-back’s requres, with Chelsea thought to have had three bids for the 21-year-old knocked back.

On Friday, Everton manager Roberto Martinez bemoaned the length of the transfer window, suggesting that the window remaining open throughout the start of the season is “unfair” and “disrespectful” to the fans.

Asked about Stones at his press conference, Mourinho said: “I don’t speak about players from other teams.”

“I don’t comment on other opinions,” the Chelsea boss responded when pressed for an answer. 

Mourinho was similarly silent on continuing speculation linking Chelsea with Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and indicated that he is far from desperate to add to his squad.

“He is a Juventus player and I am the Chelsea manager,” Mourinho added. “If I get another player at the end of the market, good. If not, the squad that I have is good.”

Chelsea claimed their first win of the season last Sunday as they beat West Brom 3-2 despite seeing captain John Terry sent off. The reigning Premier League champions are five points behind leaders Manchester City, but Mourinho is unconcerned by that gap.

“I think the most important thing is that it’s not normal in three matches you have two penalties against and play with 10 men twice,” he said.

“One match at home, two matches away. Four points is not what we want, but four points is not a drama. 

“We have to keep going, to improve, try to get a good result. This is the Premier League, when you are five points behind the leader in another league it can be complication, in the Premier League it’s not complicated.”

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