English Premiership

No further spending - Mourinho

2014-01-25 21:39
Jose Mourinho (AFP)

London - Jose Mourinho has revealed Chelsea have no plans to make any further signings before the transfer window closes.

Blues boss Mourinho has already swooped for Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore, while Egypt winger Mohamed Salah will complete his switch from Swiss club Basel once he passes a medical and agrees personal terms.

Traore, 18, has already been loaned to Vitesse Arnhem, but Salah and Matic, who returned to Stamford Bridge in a £21m move after a spell with Benfica, will both be expected to contribute immediately.

Chelsea's original plan this month was to solely go for Matic, but the sales of Juan Mata to Manchester United and Kevin De Bruyne to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg persuaded Mourinho to splash out on £10m rated Salah.

And with the window set to shut on January 31, Mourinho believes that will be the end of Chelsea's transfer dealings.

"Hopefully we are done," Mourinho said. "We are not bringing in a striker in this window."

It is a transitional period for Chelsea in Mourinho's first season back in charge in west London, yet they are still challenging at the top of the Premier League and face Galatasaray in the Champions League last 16.

Mourinho, whose focus this weekend is on Sunday's FA Cup fourth round tie with Stoke, said: "We would only have done Nemanja this window if we hadn't lost a player (Mata), but we are trying to keep the level and improve the squad to change the style of play.

"And we're still trying to get results and still trying to win matches.

"We need that mixture of young players growing up and experienced players giving stability to the team.

"We are doing that. You can see what we're trying to do. Nemanja (Matic) is 26, Salah 21, so we are trying to build a team for the future.

"We're doing fine. We're calm. In relation to the domestic competitions, Man City is Man City, an unbelievable level.

"Arsenal have had eight years building this team, and this team is perfect. They're also a strong contender."


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