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Kenyon expects quiet summer

20 May 2007 - 12:02:20

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon doesn't expect the club to make any 'big-name signings' during the summer.

Kenyon has seen the Blues lose their Premiership crown this season to Manchester United, but land silverware in the form of the FA and Carling Cups.

However, the Chelsea chief isn't expecting much close-season movement in or out of Stamford Bridge despite a third straight failure under Jose Mourinho to land the much-coveted Champions League crown.

"I doubt we'll have big-name signings because I don't think we need it," Kenyon told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportweek.

"We're in the region of moving three out and bringing three or four in. We're looking for some cover.

"I think we're looking for central defence, a midfield and a striker.

"They'll be good players who can contribute to the team and the squad.

"You've got to look at where we finished this year - two domestic trophies, (Champions League) semi-finalists and (Premiership) second. It's not a bad team."

Meanwhile, Kenyon has rubbished speculation that two of those heading out of the exit door will be Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack, who have endured disappointing campaigns since their arrivals last summer.

"We've brought both these players in for three or four years - we didn't bring them in for a season," he continued.

"I'm confident they're going to be here as big players with Chelsea next season.

"They want to contribute a lot more, they feel they have a lot more to give. It takes time to settle in."

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