Mourinho mocks Cech exit reports

November 21, 2014
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Jose Mourinho has described reports suggesting out-of-favour goalkeeper Petr Cech could leave Premier League leaders Chelsea in January as "Mickey Mouse".

The response follows speculation this week that London rivals Arsenal had agreed a deal in principle to sign the 32-year-old.

Mourinho said he had not received any offers for the Czech Republic international, who has lost his number one jersey to Thibaut Courtois, and insisted he wants Cech to stay at Stamford Bridge.

When asked about the reports, he told reporters: "On which Mickey Mouse website? On which Mickey Mouse blog? Some websites don't even know where they get their stories.

"I have zero proposals for Petr Cech. Petr has a contract for two more years, he's a fantastic professional. Not once has he knocked on my door to inform me about his desire to accept some proposal."

Mourinho also revealed striker Diego Costa (hamstring and groin) and attacking midfielder Cesc Fabregas (thigh) will return to his squad for the Premier League clash against West Brom on Saturday.

He added: "Diego Costa is totally recovered, the same with [Andre] Schurrle. Fabregas hopefully will be fit, Ramires can play, his injury is improving, but he is not in very good condition."

Chelsea have yet to lose in the Premier League this season and lead second-place Southampton at the top of the table by four points.

On the threat of complacency, Mourinho said: "If we lose matches it will not be because of complacency. It will be because football is football."

December sees the west Londoners face a hectic spell of eight games over the Christmas period - including Champions League and League Cup commitments - but Mourinho said he was relishing a packed schedule.

On the busy fixture list, he said: "It's a different phase, but it doesn't mean that we can train more. I know it's very difficult for me, and especially for the players and their bodies, but I love it. I look forward to the marathon Christmas period."

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