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Chelsea to ignore transfer window

Luiz Felipe Scolari and Peter Kenyon
Both Scolari and Kenyon (r) have insisted Drogba will stay at Chelsea

Chelsea have said that they will not buy or sell any players in the January transfer window.

Chief executive Peter Kenyon has recently insisted the club's squad is strong enough, and manager Luiz Felipe Scolari has now accepted that stance.

"Peter is my boss and if he says that this is the philosophy, it is OK, it is finished," Scolari told BBC Sport.

Unsettled Alex has told Scolari he wants to stay while Didier Drogba is being linked with Inter Milan.

Speculation arose over the future of Brazilian Alex in newspaper reports in which the player was quoted as saying he wanted to quit.

The club have a contract with all of us and they respect the contract. The players respect the contract with the club

Luiz Felipe Scolari

But Scolari said he had held a private meeting with the defender, who had denied he wanted to leave the club and was happy to remain a key part of the squad.

"When the player comes to my room and tells me he has not said anything and 'I am happy here, I don't want to go,' I believe him," said Scolari on Saturday.

"He told me is not thinking of leaving. The club have a contract with all of us and they respect the contract. The players respect the contract with the club."

606: DEBATE
In the case of Drogba, Scolari reacted angrily to reports linking the Ivorian striker to Italian champions Inter.

It has been reported that alleged that Drogba met Inter sporting director Marco Branca and Jorge Mendes, agent of the club's manager Jose Mourinho.

Drogba, who has been in out of the side this season because of injury and suspension, declined to comment on whether he attended any meeting but told Sky Sports: "I have always said I have a contract with Chelsea until 2010."

Former Chelsea manager and current Inter boss Mourinho has also insisted he has no plans to sign the 30-year-old.

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see also
Drogba stays at Chelsea - Kenyon
01 Dec 08 |  Chelsea
Fifa boss Blatter attacks Chelsea
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