Chelsea have been cleared to sign Fabio Coentrao after he reportedly ruled out a transfer to Sporting Lisbon, according to the Metro website.
The Real Madrid left-back is apparently on his way out of the Bernabeu, and the Blues are believed to be lining up a bid in the region of £10-15million.
However, reports had claimed that it was Lisbon who were to win the race as he wanted a return to his homeland.
But his recent comments will come as a boost to compatriot Jose Mourinho.
Coentrao said on his Facebook page: ‘Contrary to rumours that I will play for Sporting, and despite the respect I have for club, the only Portuguese club for me is Benfica.’