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‘Prepare for change in the summer,’ is the message from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
Defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday resulted in Chelsea being knocked off the top of the table, and Mourinho conceded defeat in the title race.
He also took a more considered look at his squad and warned that everyone aside from John Terry, Branislav Ivanovic and Gary Cahill could be in trouble come the summer.
The Mail’s Matt Barlow has the quotes:
It is clear to everybody that Chelsea next year want to bring a striker. What’s the future for the others? The ones who are staying are competing with the striker we are bringing in.
It is normal at the end of the season if players who are not playing a lot or players who are not happy and prefer a change will go. That is also part of the market.
We want to improve the team and the players and make some surgical movements in the transfer window. It is also clear we want to improve our players.
I can’t and I don’t need to improve Ivanovic, Cahill or Terry, but there are others I need to improve. We are doing that step by step. But that’s not enough to be champions.