Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas rules out bids for cup-tied midfielders Willian & Eden Hazard

The Portuguese coach claims he is 'very satisfied' with his current squad and reveals the returning Michael Essien is nearing a starting position

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has ruled out a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Willian because he is cup-tied for the Champions League, essentially ruling out a bid for Eden Hazard too.

Willian, 23, has been linked with a £20 million move to Stamford Bridge, while Lille attacker Hazard, 21, has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs this transfer window.

Villas-Boas, talking to reporters after Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Norwich City, revealed the Blues were in no rush to sign a player this month but refused to rule out the possibility of a late transfer deal.

He said: “Willian is a very interesting player but he is cup-tied in the Champions League and I don’t think we should go for players who cannot be involved in all the competitions.”

“Again, I’m not stressed on what we can do in this transfer window.

“If a good opportunity arises we could study it but at the moment we are very satisfied.”

But while Villas-Boas hinted there may be no further additions to his squad, he was pleased to see Michael Essien continue his comeback from injury.

 “Yes, I think so,” the Portuguese coach mused when asked if the Ghanaian was closer to a starting berth.

“The fact that he is fit and on the bench means already that he is threatening for these positions.

“The midfield has been one of our strongest centres this season, the competition is really hard, and yes, I think Michael is now completely ready, and also Malouda, who was in midfield today, so I think it’s good competition.”

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