While Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal are out to make a big splash on the transfer market this summer, Jose Mourinho is relaxing comfortably on the fact that he doesn’t have to pursue every big name rumoured to be available.
Chelsea are said to be pursuing United striker Wayne Rooney, per Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, but the list doesn’t extend any further than that. As quoted by Matt McGeehan of the Daily Mail, Rooney is Mourinho’s only transfer target:
At this moment we have made what you know; that bid which was public and official and after that nothing else. But we are calm as we told you that we are calm because we are happy with what we have.
That Mourinho is in no hurry to shake up the Blues’ roster comes as somewhat of a surprise given his comments about making changes, but his recent remarks shed some light on what makes his transfer strategy both fiscally responsible and best for the club.
Mourinho talked about the moves Manchester City has made this summer and compared the Sky Blues’ roster to the youthful group he has to work with in his second stint with the club, as quoted by Fifield:
I know the players they've bought. Navas and Negredo are world champions, European champions, both 27. Jovetic, for more than two years, has been one of the best in Italian football, a 23-year-old who has five years at Fiorentina, playing in Serie A at the highest level. I think they are players without surprises who are more than ready for the Premier League.
You buy this, you spend that, you buy the title,' so I hope now it is on the other side. If we win something important with this group, it will be the best [trophy he has claimed] for many reasons. Any time I had in my hands young players with conditions to become top players and play for the first team, I did it everywhere.
Mourinho certainly has a lot of young talent to work with at Stamford Bridge, and if his confidence is any indication, this will be an exciting season for Chelsea football.
The Blues didn’t need to make a huge splash on the transfer market, and regardless of Rooney’s future destination, Chelsea are in line for a tremendous campaign. After securing a third-place Premier League finish last term with Rafael Benitez at the helm, the sky really is the limit for Mourinho’s club.
But the most exciting aspect of the club is its youthful depth and potential to continue growing upward. Under Mourinho’s tutelage, that won’t be an issue.
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As the Stamford Bridge boss pointed out in Fifield’s report, young players just need a little time to learn and develop:
“Young players are not at the best they will be. They need to learn, they need time to get to the top.”
Chelsea have the spending power to acquire the biggest players on the transfer market, but Mourinho’s comments highlight how much potential his squad already has. The Blues didn’t need to have their hands in the biggest transfer tales. All they need is a manager capable of molding the talent they already have in place.
Mourinho can be that manager, and given his belief in Chelsea’s players and his own coaching abilities, the coming Premier League term should be a fun one to watch.