Jose Mourinho 'not asking' for new striker in January

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho prior to kick-off against Sunderland during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho dismisses reports that he is planning to sign a new striker in January.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed claims that he is planning to sign a new striker in January.

Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o have scored just four goals between them in the Premier League so far this season.

"If you tell me [Sergio] Aguero has scored already 10 or 12 goals, [Alvaro] Negredo 10 or 12 goals, [Edin] Dzeko four or five, [Wayne] Rooney eight or 10, [Olivier] Giroud eight or 10, [Daniel] Sturridge eight or 10, [Luis] Suarez 10 or 12, if you ask me would I like my strikers to score eight-10-12 goals, yes," Mourinho told reporters.

"If we had eight, 10, 12 goals [from our forwards], we would be top of the league. That's a reality but my strikers give everything and the team works hard. What can you do more? We work, we keep working. That's the only way I know is to keep working.

"Of course we want the best possible results, but I am not waiting for players, I am not asking for players. This is a period for the club and this is a period of my team where we have to try and improve the players we have and try to build a future."

He added: "It is my squad. For good and for bad it is my squad. Of course it is not the perfect squad, but it is my squad and I work with them until the last day. To criticise does not help me. What do I win by criticising my players? I win nothing."

Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard is Chelsea's topscorer this season with six goals in 15 league appearances.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against Sunderland during their Premier League match on December 4, 2013
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