Mourinho's position was in stark contrast to England manager Gareth Southgate's much-praised decision to allow Fabian Delph to leave the World Cup finals to be with his wife at the birth of their child. This is not our team, this is not our squad - not even 30 per cent of it. "They have great players for sure but we'll be ready for them".
But he now seems reconciled to the fact that there may be only new face, telling beIN Sports: "I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get - which is not a drama".
Mourinho had been banking on starting the Premier League season with a back four of Valencia, Shaw, Bailly and Smalling, but all are now injured or carrying knocks, throwing his preparations into disarray ahead of the home game against Leicester on August 10.
"We're not playing here to improve the team or the dynamic, we're playing here to just survive and have some not very ugly results".
"If I sign one player before the window closes, that's fine".
"I think two is not what I will get".
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"I spent 8 years at Chelsea's academy while Mourinho was manager", he tweeted, "and he would always make an effort to come and watch every academy team in training or matches".
"If it's possible it's possible, if not, it's not".
With Man City running away with the league last season and Liverpool strengthening considerably over the summer, challenging for the title will be hard, as will playing a style of football that will entertain the fans after 2017/18's dour displays.
He was more critical of French striker Anthony Martial, who he said should have returned to the United States tour after going home to be with his girlfriend when she gave birth to a baby boy in Paris.
"Matic arrived from the World Cup, then holiday and direct to surgery because something happened in the World Cup", said Mourinho.
"Martial, he had the baby and after the baby was born, attractive baby, full of health thank God, he should be here but he's not here". Now we have Real Madrid and after that Bayern Munich. He wants his full team.