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Jose Mourinho: I'm only in the transfer market for superstars

By Staff Reporter

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea's miserable Barclays Premier League title defence means he has no right to demand transfer activity in January - but he would accept a superstar signing.

Mourinho maintains Chelsea will reach the top four and qualify for the Champions League, which would take an unprecedented run after three wins and seven losses in their opening 12 games.

The woeful start, including three straight losses, has left the champions in 16th ahead of today's clash at home to Norwich, three points clear of the relegation zone and 15 adrift of leaders Man City.

Mourinho said: "I will not ask any change to the board for January.

"I don't need to clean the dressing room, like I heard was written somewhere. And I don't need to ask the club to spend money in January. I'm not saying I won't sign (anyone). I'm saying I won't ask the club to do it," he said.

"I don't have the right to do it, in my opinion. I'd be more than happy to be myself and the squad that I have now. I am happy with my players, I trust the players."

Asked what he meant by not having the "right", Mourinho added: "Because our performance during the season in the Premier League is not good enough.

"If I ask for players, or if the club gives me a handful of players, it's like taking the responsibility (away from) us."

Chelsea have been linked with the likes of Lionel Messi and Paul Pogba in the past.

Asked if he would accept the arrival of a superstar, Mourinho said: "Of course, yes, but not because I think only a superstar will help us to reach our objectives."

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