Jose Mourinho is confident in his squad ahead of Chelsea's Premier League opener against Burnley on Monday. The veteran manager is happy with the signings the club allowed him to make this summer but admits the squad isn't perfect, leaving the door open for more moves.
The Blues have made four marquee additions to a side that finished third last season. They added Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis while also bringing Didier Drogba back for depth.
The attack hasn't been the same since he left two years ago.
Sky Sports passed along comments from Mourinho, who displayed a clear sense of optimism not only about the upcoming campaign, but the future as a whole:
We have the squad that we want to have. We don't say it's perfect, we don't say it's the best. There is no manager in the world that says his squad is perfect and could not improve in certain positions
We say we like very much our squad. It is a squad for tomorrow, for next season and also a squad with big possibilities for the next five or 10 years with so many young people. So, I like my squad very much.
While he didn't mention any specific positions he was looking to upgrade, it's clear he hasn't shut the door on doing more business over the next few weeks.
Some recent rumors could shed light on his continued efforts.
Chelsea are ready to make a bid for Fiorentina winger Juan Cuadrado after joining Manchester United and Barcelona in the race for the player.
Cuadrado is one of the summer's hottest properties after following up a stunning season in Serie A by a strong showing at the World Cup—and Fiorentina are ready to cash in.
James Rodriguez stole the spotlight as Colombia advanced to the World Cup quarterfinals. Cuadrado was also a very important part of that success, though. He scored one goal and contributed four assists in five tournament appearances.
A lack of consistent finishing was obviously a key reason for the club's inability to keep pace with City and the Reds. The signings they have already made will help, especially Costa, but they didn't add any further talent on the wings.
Cuadrado would make an already-improved attack even more dangerous and reliable after the frustrations of recent seasons.
Another player reportedly on the Blues' radar is Sami Khedira. The Real Madrid defensive midfielder has been a popular name in transfer talk throughout the summer.
However, Chelsea are believed to be Khedira's preferred option, with the player keen for a reunion with former Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager reportedly called Khedira earlier in the window persuading him to snub Arsenal in favour of a Stamford Bridge switch, and 'The Special One' could wrap up a £20 million deal before the end of the month.
Khedira is caught in a numbers game unlikely to fall in his favor after an infusion of talent at Real. That doesn't mean he couldn't make a major impact elsewhere, and a potential reunion with Mourinho could help him regain top form.
Keeping him away from Arsenal adds some motivation as well.
On the flip side, one player linked with a potential exit from Stamford Bridge is Andre Schurrle.
Schurrle only joined Chelsea last summer for £18 million from Bayer Leverkusen and has failed to hold down an automatic place.
Atletico expressed an interest last week but are pressing for an answer from Chelsea. Jose Mourinho though would prefer to sell other foreign players rather than the versatile forward.
Football journalist Tancredi Palmeri provided some more info:
Letting Schurrle leave after just one season would be a surprise. The 23-year-old German has flashed some serious promise both during his stint with Bayer Leverkusen and last year with the Blues. It's no surprise another club is interested.
Nevertheless, funds aren't unlimited, and if they want to make more signings, somebody will probably have to leave. There's a good chance they would eventually regret seeing him walk away, though.
All told, it sounds like Chelsea are still open for some wheeling and dealing even after the new season gets underway. None of the potential moves sound imminent, but given the high-profile names, they are definitely worth tracking over the next few weeks.
Even if they don't make any further adjustments, it's safe to call the summer window a success for the Blues—Mourinho seemingly feels that way. The squad as it's currently constructed is good enough to contend for the Premier League title and make a deep run in the Champions League.
Any further signings would just be icing on the cake.
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