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Mon, 03 Dec 2012 16:53:00

Bayer Leverkusen star Andre Schurrle will not be joining Chelsea in the January transfer window but a summer move could be a possibility, according to his father.

The forward reportedly has a get-out clause in his contract which allows him to move at the end of the season if any club meets a fee of ?35million (?28.5m).

Leverkusen, who sit second in the Bundesliga, could therefore try to sell Schurrle in the winter transfer window to gain a higher price.

European champions Chelsea could take advantage and are understood to have tried to sign the forward in summer 2012 while the struggles of Fernando Torres could inspire a new bid

But Schurrle's father, Joachim, has ruled out any move before the end of the campaign, as he told Express newspaper: "We have plenty of time left until the next summer.

"Until next summer, there is no reason to move. Moving clubs before the summer is not an issue. Andre very much likes being at Bayer Leverkusen.

"It's a successful team and the team plays really good football, too. We all simply have to wait and see."

Highly-rated midfielder Gray suffered a dislocated ankle and fractured fibula during pre-season and remains around two months away from action but last week resumed jogging for the first time.

"The surgeon and I are really pleased with how Reece is progressing," Thorpe told Dale's official website.

"As part of his rehabilitation we're continuing to work on his range of movement which is almost fully back now.

"There is still some restriction and he is walking with a slight limp, but he is fully weight bearing and is walking without the support of crutches.

"He started back jogging for the first time last week and there has been no reaction.

"He's also working hard on other parts of his body to build his strength and he's improving every day which is great to see."

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