Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho doesn’t expect to sign left-back

Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho says he doesn't expect the Blues to be active in January

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Cobham
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Jose Mourinho has signed a four-year deal with Chelsea Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho doesn’t expect Chelsea to be active during the January transfer window, despite a lack of depth at left-back.

The Blues manager has been playing the right-footed Cesar Azpilicueta at left-back following Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand’s recent injury setbacks.

Mourinho has been linked with Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao in recent weeks, but the 50-year-old is happy with the current options at his disposal.

Asked if he might sign a left-back next month, Mourinho replied: “We are fine. I trust what I have.

“I think a left-back with a right foot is not a big problem really because they defend inside space, which is important.

In my opinion, Cesar Azpilicueta is doing really well. It’s a question of Ashley Cole keeping working

Jose Mourinho

“They are very comfortable and when you play with a winger on the left side, the left-back also has to play with the ball on inside areas.”

Mourinho added that Ashley Cole does deserve a first-team place, although the Blues boss admits he is finding it hard to justify dropping in-form Azpilicueta.

“Any player that normally starts matches – and Ashley Cole has started matches throughout his career – when they don’t, I think naturally they are not the happiest guy in the camp,” he said.

“Professionally he is always a team player and friend of his friends. I can also say he deserves to play.

“But in my opinion, Cesar Azpilicueta is doing really well and it is a question of Ashley keeping working.”

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