Jose in dark over duo
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho claims he is in the dark over William Gallas and Ashley Cole.
Jose Mourinho claims he is in the dark over the futures of William Gallas and Ashley Cole, but paid tribute to Wayne Bridge and welcomed the impending arrival of Khalid Boulahrouz.
Arsenal defender Cole has long been a target for Chelsea, but The Blues have yet to make a bid which matches The Gunners' valuation of the England defender.
Gallas, meanwhile, is eager to leave Stamford Bridge and reports have suggested he could be used as bait to land Cole.
Mourinho claims he knows nothing of talk surrounding a potential swap deal, as he paid tribute to Bridge, who produced a starring show against Manchester City, and Boulahrouz.
"I don't know if he (Cole) is close or far," Mourinho told Sky Sports. "I have no idea about that (swap deal), I don't know about the negotiations so I cannot tell you.
"All I know is that Bridge played a good game, he is improving a lot and I am happy with his performance and I am happy to have Boulahrouz, as he is a multi-functional player who gives us security."
Mourinho expects Dutch international Boulahrouz to seal his move from Hamburg to Chelsea on Monday.
"Boulahrouz did the medical and everything is okay, so as we already agreed terms with the club and the player, tomorrow he will begin training and if the international certificate arrives, we have one more option," stated Mourinho.
"We had only four players for the defence today, but now we have Boulahrouz and as he can play any position in the defence, he is important for our security."