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Messi 'obviously' not joining Chelsea, says Mourinho

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho claims rumours linking Barcelona's Lionel Messi with a move to Stamford Bridge are "obviously" false.

Messi sparked the rumour mill into overdrive recently when he appeared to suggest that he might not finish his career at Camp Nou.

Premier League leaders Chelsea were subsequently identified as a possible destination for the Argentine superstar, while Manchester City are also monitoring his situation.

But Mourinho, who went up against Messi several times during his time as Real Madrid coach, is adamant that such stories are falsified.

Mourinho told reporters on Friday: "My reaction is that the media world changed so much that the football world also changed so much.

"And I think, in this moment, it's so easy, so easy to have non-truths circulating.

"It's so easy that some people put news without confirming or speak about rumours. Obviously [Messi going to Chelsea] is not true. Obviously it's not true."

Messi this week became the all-time top scorer in the Champions League, overtaking Raul's record, having only just leapfrogged Telmo Zarra in La Liga's highest goal tally.