Sunday 23 September 2018

Mourinho keen to keep bulk of Blues together

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to let any of his Premier League title-winning squad depart Stamford Bridge in the close season.

The Portuguese, who steered Chelsea to a fifth English title earlier this month, said his focus was improving the players he had for the expected charge from a revitalised chasing pack come the start of the new campaign in August.

"The players I am looking for are my players," Mourinho said in Bangkok ahead of tomorrow's exhibition match against the Thai All-Stars. "They are the players I don't want to lose, the players I don't want to sell, the players I want to keep, the players I want to improve."

Chelsea moved on a number of players last season including Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Andre Schurrle, Ryan Bertrand, David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku amongst others but Mourinho said that was the end of the wholesale changes.

"Last season was a different picture because I had players in my squad that I was really keen to sell," the Portuguese said.

"I thought they were not the right people in our group for different reasons. Some 'footballistically' and some also by human qualities."

But he did not rule out the possibility of making summer signings, saying it would be normal for the club to bring in "two or three players," to stay ahead of the chasing pack.

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas has undergone a successful operation to repair his broken nose.

The Spaniard suffered the injury in a clash with Charlie Adam in early April and was forced to play the remainder of the season wearing a protective mask.

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