Juan Mata, Jose Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says that he will not be signing a new striker this January and that he will not be selling Juan Mata.

The Blues boss has been linked with a number of players this month including Benfica midfielder Nemanja Matic who looks like he could be bound for London.

However, Mourinho insists that any moves to sign new players will not include a striker despite the fact the club are struggling to get goals from their current front men even though Fernando Torres does seem to be improving scoring in his last two games.

When speaking to Sky Sports Mourinho said:

“Fernando is calm. He knows we are not going into the market now,” said Mourinho.

“In the summer, normally a club like Chelsea is always trying to improve and get new players but he knows that we like him and support him and he knows there is no problem.

“Everyone needs strikers to score goals; the strikers are the goalscorers.

“If you have players in other positions who can score an important number of goals – better. If you have a Frank Lampard – better. If you have Eden Hazard – better. But the strikers are the ones that normally score the goals.”

“The others (Oscar, Willian, Eden Hazard), they are playing very well and the team is playing very well,” Mourinho added.

“But we need other players. If the game goes on being 0-0 then Mata is coming into the game as he is a fantastic player. But the game went into another direction, we scored and then after that my brain worked in another way.

“But we need them. We need Mata, we need (Andre) Schurrle, we need these players as we cannot do it with three.

“Maybe in February maybe some are not in the best form and Juan is coming at the top of his game.”