Mourinho rules out January signings
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has dismissed the likelihood of any new additions arriving in the January transfer window, insisting he has faith in the players currently at his disposal. Los Merengues spent in the region of €250m on bolstering their squad in the summer of 2009 following the return of Florentino Perez as president, while this past close-season they splashed out again on six new players.
Despite that, Real are still being linked in the media with various players such as Fernando Llorente, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale. However, Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of new faces coming in before the end of 2010/11 - save for extreme circumstances.
"It's normal there's talk of players," he told Real's official website. "Madrid is Madrid and there's always talk of players. Mainly it's great players because if you talk of mediocre players, people won't believe it.
"It seems normal to me, but as coach I have to say not only what I think but what the club thinks, and that is that this is the squad until the end of the season. These are the players which we have faith in."
"Real Madrid have made the investment that they had to do in previous years and this summer. We don't have the perfect squad, because the perfect squad doesn't exist. We have an excellent squad with players who give me a lot of confidence, and I don't want any players in the winter market.
"It seems premature to me and unrealistic when there is talk of signings in January when the coach, and surely the director general (Jorge Valdano) and the president, will say that the market now and in January for Real Madrid is closed if nothing unusual happens."
Real are unbeaten and have won six of their eight competitive matches since Mourinho took charge this summer, leaving them third in La Liga and two points clear at the top of their UEFA Champions League group.