Jose targets three players

21 May 2007 07:41
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has targeted three new players as he looks to revitalise his squad for a fresh assault on the Premiership and Champions League next season. The Portuguese coach lifted silverware this season in the FA and Carling Cups, but claims he needs a new central defender, midfielder and striker to keep the Blues on the trophy trail. Mourinho is concerned that up to four leading members of his squad will miss matches next season due to their involvement in the African Cup of Nations and he is looking to counter the loss by signing at least three new faces in the summer. However, Mourinho doesn't expect to spend millions as he is expected to ship out up to four members of the current Stamford Bridge squad. "Our squad is obvious and it's easy to understand that we need a central defender, we need another midfield player, especially because we will lose Michael Essien and Mikel (John Obi) for the African Nations Cup, and we need a striker because we will lose Didier (Drogba) and Salomon (Kalou)," he said. "So if we don't get injuries, and if we get three new players to give a good balance to the team, I think we are in a good position. "We don't need to spend money on big transfers, we can do it calmly, wisely, and we can do a good job and keep the money in the bank." Meanwhile, Mourinho has reaffirmed his commitment to the club following their FA Cup final victory over Manchester United by claiming he will still be in office when pre-season training begins. "On July 9 in Los Angeles we start our pre-season and I will be there," he confirmed. "It is best place to work in football and that's why I want to stay."

Source: ESA