World Cup-winner Schurrle staying put and ready to face Bantams in Cup

Jose Mourinho has insisted Chelsea have no plans to sell or buy in the January transfer window, playing down reports of imminent exits for World Cup winner Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

The Blues chief says both Germany forward Schurrle and Egypt winger Salah will be in the squad for today’s FA Cup fourth-round tie with Bradford, a game for which captain John Terry will drop to the bench.

“The club doesn’t move. We don’t move. Our desire is to keep the same squad,” said Mourinho.

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“The window is open, but what I can say is I like them, I need them and I trust them.

“We are happy with the players, we are happy with the work we did in the summer to prepare for the season, (it) reflects the trust we have in the group and, if possible, we don’t want to be involved in the transfer window.

“If we have to be it’s because somebody pushed us, with some offer for our player, but Chelsea moving and looking for a change? No. Sometimes we have needs, like we had in the past transfer windows where we sold some players.

“The reality is normally nothing should happen in the next two weeks and we should go to February with the same squad.”

Salah has found first-team opportunities limited and has been linked with a move to Roma.

A Bundesliga return for Schurrle has also been suggested, with Wolfsburg mentioned.