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Chelsea have not made Alex Teixeira bid - Shakhtar boss Mircea Lucescu

Shakhtar Donetsk have yet to receive an offer for Alex Teixeira despite strong speculation linking the attacking midfielder with Chelsea, according to coach Mircea Lucescu.

Brazil international Teixeira, 26, said in November that Chelsea and Juventus were in negotiations to sign him and that it was his "dream" to play in the Premier League.

It was reported last month that a verbal agreement was in place but Lucescu, whose own future is the subject of speculation, played down the prospect of an imminent move.

"Teixeira and I are talked a lot in the press now," he told a news conference reported on the club's official website. "They are spreading rumours about us allegedly leaving Shakhtar. At the moment, Alex is Shakhtar's player.

"We'll see in the summer; [for] now there's no point talking about it. This year, he needs to play so that he grows even more, despite the fact that Alex's level is very high even today. In this case he will be even more in demand."

Asked if he was not prepared to sell the player in January, Lucescu replied: "At the moment there are no official proposals, so it makes no sense to talk about it.

"This is what the press is spreading, mainly [the] English one. If there is an offer that will satisfy both the player and the club, I will fully support his move. I want to see my players perform in the best, top teams in Europe.

"This means that both my assistants and I have not been working in vain for so many years! We signed players, who were 17-19, and brought them to the level of the top clubs.

"I wonder how many coaches in Europe are working based on such a scheme? This is, of course, very difficult. We need to develop and bring these players to a high level and at the same time we have to achieve results. Plus, we should develop their style of play that the fans will like. It is not so easy as it seems."

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