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Mourinho rules out interest in Reus

REUS-INJUREDDUSSELDORF, November 25- Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has ruled out bringing Germany winger Marco Reus to Stamford Bridge for next season amidst speculation about the Borussia Dortmund star’s future.

Reus has a contract with Dortmund until 2017, but a release clause means he could leave last season’s Bundesliga runners-up at the end of the season for 25 million euros ($31m).

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said the Bavarian giants are interested in signing him with Premier League sides Manchester City and Arsenal also reported to be hunting his signature.

But Mourinho said Premier League leaders Chelsea will not be bringing the 25-year-old to London, especially as the self-styled ‘Special One’ says he has a good relationship with Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

“We don’t want Marco Reus, that market is closed to us and the player belongs to Borussia Dortmund,” said Mourinho at a press conference in Dusseldorf ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group stage match against Schalke in Gelsenkirchen.

“He’s a top player, but we have a lot of top players in his position and I have a fantastic relationship with their coach, so there is nothing in that at all.”

Reus has been ruled out for six weeks after tearing the ligaments in his right ankle in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw at Paderborn in the Bundesliga on Saturday — his sixth ankle injury in 12 months.

Borussia are languishing 16th in the German league table after the worst start to a season in the club’s history has seen them lose seven of their first 12 matches.

Dortmund face a fight to keep Reus with their participation in next season’s Champions League under serious threat due to their dire league form.

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Dortmund are at Arsenal on Wednesday in the Champions League with the 2013 finalists already through to the knock-out stages having won all four of their opening matches.

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