Jose Mourinho has admitted Mohamed Salah and Andre Schurrle could leave Chelsea before the January transfer window closes, the
Egypt international Salah and Germany World Cup winner Schurrle have both been linked with moves away from the Premier League leaders before the market closes and Mourinho has said that while he is a fan of both players – and will name them in the side to play Bradford in the FA Cup this weekend – they could depart in the next few weeks.
“I cannot say that,” Mourinho replied when asked if he could guarantee the pair would still be at Chelsea when the window closed. “The window is open, but what I can say is I like them, I need them and I trust them,” he continued. “I cannot select the same 18 players every game, I only can play 11. Salah is not playing a lot, Schurrle more than him.
“I don’t know if a deal is to happen,” the Portuguese went on, adding that it would take a significant offer to convince the Blues to part with the players. “If my club tells me we have a certain offer for a certain player we think is a good movement for us, because we work in the rules of Financial Fair Play…sometimes we have needs, like we had in the past transfer windows where we sold some players,” Mourinho acknowledged.
“The club doesn’t move. We don’t move,” he stressed. “Our desire is to keep the same squad, which reflects that we are happy with the players, that we are happy with the work we did in the summer to prepare the season and reflects the trust we have in the group. 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.
“The question is to have a phenomenal offer and a player to be super keen of accept a new challenge in his career. We don’t want to sell our players.”
Schurrle, 24, has been a Chelsea player since a 2013 move from Bayer Leverkusen, having played for the Bundesliga side for two years after starting his career at Mainz. Schurrle has made 56 appearances for the club, scoring 13 goals.
Salah, meanwhile, moved to London in the 2014 transfer window after catching the eye for Basel, for whom he scored against Chelsea in the Champions League in two consecutive seasons. He’s played 18 times for Chelsea, scoring twice.
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