Jose Mourinho outlines Chelsea's January transfer plans
By Chelsea correspondent Tony Hughes| Premier League expert with wide experience of breaking big London-club stories, including exclusives like this
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Jose Mourinho has claimed he will not ask the Chelsea board to fund a drastic overhaul of the squad during the January transfer window.
On the day that Chelsea’s technical director Michael Emenalo rebuffed suggestions that the Londoners’ failure to sign prime summer targets Paul Pogba and John Stones has been a factor in the team’s wretched form, the manager gave his verdict on what could happen in the winter window.
Chelsea are rooted in 16th in the Premier League following a catastrophic start to the season, and lost three consecutive league matches before the international break.
But Mourinho’s public stance is that he is content with the squad at his disposal.
Speaking at his weekly media briefing on Friday afternoon, the Portugese said: “I will not ask any change to the board for January. I am happy with my players, I trust the players.
“I don’t need to clean the dressing room. And I don’t need to ask the club to spend money in January.”
There was some frustration at the club that two of their prime targets in the last window could not be enticed to Stamford Bridge.
Everton rejected three bids for defender Stones from the Premier League champions – the final one was of £30million – and Juventus turned down a 58.4million offer for midfielder Pogba.
Despite losing out on Stones and Pogba, Chelsea managed to secure deals for forward Pedro, left-back Baba Rahman, goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Brazilian duo Kenedy and Nathan, as well as young defenders Michael Hector and Papy Djilobodji. They also recruited Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan.
Chelsea take on Norwich at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as they attempt to close the 13-point gap with fourth-placed Manchester United.
Mourinho has been assured his job is safe for now by owner Roman Abramovich.