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Mourinho denies Higuain offer

Last Updated: Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:32
Chelsea

Jose Mourinho has insisted he's not made a bid for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain but is a fan of Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic.

Reports have suggested the Blues had a £50m bid rejected for Argentina international Higuain and are preparing a second offer as Mourinho looks to add more goals to his side in the second half of the season.

However, the Chelsea boss has denied that is the case and described the former Real Madrid ace as "a player I know we cannot get".

He added: "Napoli want to win the Scudetto, they want to win the Europa League. I don't believe they're interested in selling Higuain."

Mourinho has criticised his strikers Fernando Torres, Demba Ba and Samuel Eto'o this season for not scoring enough in the Premier League but he was coy when asked if he intends to sign a new frontman this month.

He said: "It's not a priority, it's not an option. We have three. This squad is good enough for my first season, and for the objectives of the first season.

"We're building a new team. I think the fans trust the club, I think they trust me, and they know we're building a team for another period of seven, eight years."

Meanwhile, Mourinho has admitted Benfica'a Matic is someone he likes although he refused to confirm he would make an offer for the midfielder.

"Matic is a good player. Currently he looks solid and mature. He is wise and stable. He is a player that looks very mature on the pitch.

"Benfica is a big club and he seems comfortable. I don't see any interest from the club to want to sell him. It's very nice to have players like these in Portuguese football."

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