As the summer transfer window deals start to buzz and make all the headlines, Mourinho has a word for suitors looking to come shop at the Stamford bridge.
“The first thing I want is to keep my players. I think we are going to do that. Last year I was keen to see some people leave our club to raise some funds to buy other players, but this season I am so happy with what my squad gave me, so it’s fundamental to keep them and get the best out of them. So we are not selling many players. I want to keep my important players.”
He is however looking at strengthening his squad towards the coming campaign. The Chelsea youth team were an all-rounder this season as they won major trophies. He hopes to bring some of them to the main team, and he won’t be loaning some of the most important like Dominic Solanke. Mourinho says,
“Obviously, we will try to improve the squad and there will be a little bit of rotation with the young players. But our squad next season will be very similar to this one, with one or two players added, which is the minimum you require.”
19 year-old Nathan has already been acquired from Brazil, and Fluminense’s teen striker, Kenedy is bound to follow suit. Atletico duo, Griezmann and Koke are also on the club’s target list, and left back Luiz might be used to acquire either of both.
The same first-option team members’ faces will definitely be seen at the Stamford bridge next season, but the likes of Ramires, Mikel, Luiz Filipe and a few others seem to be excess load at the West London side, and they may be sold off in order to balance financial fair play if new players are to be bought.