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Barcelona Can Forget About Signing Chelsea Stars, Insists Jose Mourinho

Mou would rather Belgium No 1 sat on the bench at the Bridge than allow the Catalans to land the shot stopper.

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Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has said that La Liga champions FC Barcelona would be wasting their time trying to lure either midfield player Ramires or goalkeeper Thibault Courtois to Camp Nou next year, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

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Both players have in recent weeks been heavily linked with the Spanish giants, although when questioned on the matter in his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League match with West Ham United at Upton Park, the self-styled ‘Special One’ was unequivocal that neither star would be allowed to depart Stamford Bridge.

Belgium international Courtois is now generally regarded to be the best shot stopper currently plying their trade in the world, with the 21-year-old spending this campaign on a season-long loan spell with La Liga high-flyers Atletico de Madrid.

However, with a contract with the Uefa Europa League winners that runs until June 30 2016, Mourinho is adamant the Belgium will not be signing for Barca at any point in the future.

“In this moment we are in a good situation,” said Mourinho.

“I repeat that because we have the best goalkeeper in the world at a stable age.

“[Edwin] Van der Sar went from Fulham to [Manchester] United older than Petr and stayed there for a long time, so he is in the best age of his career. And Courtois is undoubtedly the best young goalkeeper in the world with two more years of contract. We are in control of the situation.

“Anything that can happen in the future depends on Chelsea. It’s a difficult situation for a club that wants to buy him.

“It’s a difficult situation for a club that wants him on loan. It’s an easy situation for us. What we’d like? He knows, his family knows, his agent knows. They know what we’d like.”

Meanwhile, the Portuguese was equally insistent when asked about recent rumours linking Brazil international Ramires with a possible switch to either Barcelona or Real Madrid.

“No price,” was Mou’s reply about the 26-year-old who is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2017.

“There is no price for Ramires in the market. The interest doesn’t annoy me but, on behalf of Chelsea, there’s no price for a club wanting to buy Ramires.

“If it’s true or not, it’s not important. There’s no price.”

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