Despite reports to the contrary Chelsea have no interest in making a move to sign Marco Reus, insists coach Jose Mourinho.
The German international will not kick a ball again during this calendar year, after suffering an injury to his right ankle during Borussia Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at Paderborn on Saturday. This is the second layoff of this kind the 25-year-old has had to contend with in recent times, although it was an injury to his left ankle which forced him to miss the World Cup.
Reus, on his day, is largely considered to be one of the best midfield players in Europe. Jurgen Klopp, the Dortmund coach, had been honest enough to admit that his number eleven could leave the Signal Iduna Park in the coming months, especially as it has been revealed that he has a release clause in his contract which can be activated in the summer.
There is sure to be no shortage of takers should Reus decide on a fresh challenge elsewhere, with Real Madrid and a host of top Premier League clubs – including Arsenal and Manchester City – said to be interest. Chelsea have also been named as potential suitors, but Mourinho has ended such speculation by insisting: “We are not interested, not at all.”
Signing another midfielder is perhaps not a pressing matter for the Portuguese coach, who has an abundance of talent in this area within his existing squad. As well as the undoubted world-class trio of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Oscar, the Blues can also call upon the likes of Andre Schurrle, Willian, and Mohamed Salah for creativity, whilst Nemanja Matic provides the stability in this position and Ramires is also a first-team contender.
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