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Midfield target rules out summer move

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It's no secret that that Chelsea could use some help in central midfield. They spent most of the season driving Nemanja Matic and Cesc Fabregas as far into the ground as possible, and with Ramires and John Obi Mikel on the fringes of the squad and/or injured, it's clear that our depth needs some help.

It's also no secret that Chelsea have been tracking Atlético Madrid star Koke for some time. The 23-year-old is one of the elite young central midfielders in Europe, and the rumours connecting him to us this summer are entirely unsurprising. They are also entirely false, according to Koke.

This interview from AS is rather emphatic about that:

Have you decided one-hundred percent where you'll be next season?

"Yes, I'll play here."

Earlier today, Jose Mourinho mentioned rumours that existed solely to get players better contracts at their existing clubs, and with the reports that Koke is going to signed an improved deal with Atléti in other for the club to raise his buyout clause, it's tempting to put this (and similarly the Antoine Greizmann talk) in that category. Sounds like we'll be looking elsewhere if we want to bring in a central midfielder ...

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