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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is happy with his current squad. Reuters
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is happy with his current squad. Reuters
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is happy with his current squad. Reuters

Jose Mourinho has denied that Chelsea are close to signing Jackson Martinez and Fabio Coentrao, insisting he is likely to go with the same squad currently at his disposal for the entire season.

Chelsea have been heavily linked with a move for a striker in the January transfer window, with Fernando Torres, while having a couple of really good games, still failing to convince consistently, and Samuel Eto'o seen as a stop-gap measure. Demba Ba has hardly featured with Mourinho thought to be keen on bringing in a goalscoring centre-forward to help Chelsea's charge for the English Premier League title.

Colombian strikers Radamel Falcao and Jackson Martinez are the names that have been bandied around for a while, with the latter thought to be closing in on a move after the player's agent reportedly met with Chelsea's representatives earlier this week in view to a January transfer.

However, Mourinho flatly denied Chelsea had had talks with any player's representatives, insisting he is pretty happy with the current striker trio. "It's not true what I read a couple of days ago, that the agent was in London and was meeting with me or Chelsea directors," Mourinho said. "It's not true at all.

"In the January market we are not going to buy any striker. We will go to the end of the season with Fernando, with Samuel and with Demba. Nobody to go in, nobody to go out."

The Blues have also been linked with a move for Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao, a player that Mourinho is extremely familiar with during his time with the Spanish giants.

The Portuguese, though, again denied any chance of his compatriot moving to Stamford Bridge. "I don't want Portuguese players," he said. "I always had them, but I think in this moment it's enough. Only [reserve goalkeeper] Hilario is the remaining one and we don't need [anymore]."

The link with Coentrao, who was close to signing for Manchester United on transfer deadline day in the summer, came about due to Ashley Cole being left out by Mourinho from the starting XI in the last few Premier League games.

Cesar Azpilicueta, a right-back by trade, has been preferred to Cole in the left-back position, although that could be also because the England international has been struggling with an injury of late. With a busy week coming up, however, the Chelsea manager insisted Cole would get his chance.

"Now is the time for the squad," Mourinho added. "And now is the time for everybody to feel that they have a chance, when we play now Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday - Southampton, Sunderland and Stoke.

"The S-S-S week, everybody will have a chance. Ash will play for sure and will have the chance to show that he's fine."