MOURINHO DENIES YARMOLENKO INTEREST

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The Portuguese denied interest in the Ukrainian

forward, suggesting the club have enough

wingers already, and confirmed Pedro and Loic

Remy will miss out.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has denied

reports that he was scouting Dynamo Kyiv

winger Andriy Yarmolenko when the coach

watched Ukraine's defeat to Spain in Kiev last

week.

The Blues are in Ukraine for a crunch Group G

clash against Dynamo, having picked up three

points from their opening two games, while the

hosts are top of the pile after a win and a draw

so far.

And the Portuguese was in Kiev as recently as

last week, with reports suggeesting the reason

for his trip was to scout Yarmolenko, who has

recently signed a new five-year deal with the

Ukrainian league champions.

But Mourinho, speaking to the media ahead of

the match with Sergei Rebrov's side, suggested

that he was not their to scout transfer targets

as the club already have enough wingers.

"Of course I wasn’t looking at [other] players,"

the Chelsea boss said.

"We cannot make a collection of wingers."

Ahead of the match with Dynamo, Chelsea have

a number of injury worries, as Pedro and Remy

have not travelled but Mourinho insisted they do

not have serious problems and hinted both

could be back in time for Saturday's Premier

League match against West Ham.

"We have other options and it would be big risk

to play them," he added.

"They both have little injuries. Nothing really

important, but not possible for this game. It

would be a big risk for tomorrow, so we take no

risk.

"We have other options and other players.

Especially because they play in positions where

we really do have other options."

Pedro played 83 minutes of Saturday's 2-0 win

over Aston Villa and was praised along with

fellow winger Willian for his work-rate, while

Remy was only a stoppage-time substitute in

the same game.


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