Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho discusses summer plans

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho reiterates his top priority is keeping his title-winning squad together

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Jose Mourinho has reiterated that his top priority this summer is keeping his title-winning Chelsea squad together.

The Blues wrapped up their fourth Premier League crown with three games to spare earlier this month thanks to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.

We are in a good situation. We have stability in our squad. We don’t need dramatic changes. We have to be loyal to our players

Jose Mourinho

The west London side have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and Atletico Madrid captain Koke in recent months.

Chelsea second-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech, meanwhile, has been linked with a move across London to their rivals Arsenal in the summer transfer window.

But the Blues boss is determined to keep his title-winning squad intact, adding that while he want to buy and sell players last summer, this year his priories have altered.

“I expect to be busy walking from my towel on the sand to the water, swim a little bit and be back in the sun again. That’s where I expect to be busy,” Mourinho told the media at his pre-match media conference on Friday afternoon.

“I like my squad very, very much. It’s a young squad with space to improve and I’m in a different position to last season. Then, I was keen for my club to sell some players.

“The base last year was to sell to buy. The base this season is to keep my squad.

“We are in a good situation. We have stability in our squad. We don’t need dramatic changes. We have to be loyal to our players.

“What other clubs do is not going to affect our direction. If others buy 10 players each, that will not push us to do things we’re not going to do.”

Mourinho signed Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in a £32m deal last year, before he snapped up Costa’s Rojiblancos team-mate Filipe Luis in a £19m deal.

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The Chelsea manager also signed former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in a £27m deal from Barcelona before he bought Fiorentina forward Juan Cuadrado in January.


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