Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho discusses summer window plans
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea's main aim in the transfer window is keeping his squad together
Jose Mourinho says that Chelsea’s priority this summer is keeping his title-winning squad together – and not bringing in new players.
The Blues celebrated a League Cup and Premier League double this weekend as the Portuguese coach guided the west London club to their fourth top-flight title.
Chelsea have already been linked with a host of big-name players in recent days as the summer transfer window approaches, with the likes of Radamel Falcao and Cristiano Ronaldo touted as possible targets.
However, Mourinho has insisted that his primary aim this summer is to keep his key players at the club.
Mourinho is quoted as saying by Goal: “We like the players, we are happy with the players. Two or three are always coming to the club, that’s normal,” said the Portuguese coach ahead of Chelsea’s post-season friendly against Thailand All-Stars.
“But the players I am looking for are my players, the players I want to keep. Last season I had players I wanted to sell. The most important thing in the market is not to lose players.
“How can I find a better striker than Diego Costa? A better midfielder than [Nemanja] Matic? A better right-back than [Branislav] Ivanovic?
“Our squad this season was very good. We didn’t have many injuries. We had three players play 38 matches of the Premier League.”
The Chelsea boss also played down the prospect of the Blues bringing in any big-name stars during the summer transfer window.
He continued: “If you come to a champion team you are not a big name. The big names are the champions.”
Mourinho was named the Premier League manager of the season this month and also won the League Managers’ Association award following the Blues’ title triumph.