Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck has confirmed that coach Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring in at least two new faces in the summer.
The Premier League and FA Cup winners, according to speculation, could lose Portugal midfielder Deco and Germany's Michael Ballack from their squad this summer, and Buck says new faces will be required. But Buck was a little more reticent when it came to the subject of the club signing a 'marquee player'. The Blues chairman first used the phrase last summer and admits he has regretted it ever since.
"I have said that in every year there is some refreshing of the squad and maybe we can expect three or four in and three or four out," said Buck.
"But this year I think Carlo has said two or three in and two or three out and he is very satisfied with the current squad. We can expect a couple of changes but that is just the nature of football, you can't have the jigsaw puzzle together and that is it forever.
"Let's see how the summer pans out. Once we are really clear on the kind of vacancies we may have and what we want to fill, we will decide what kind of player we want.
"Between now and the end of the transfer season there will be a story somewhere that every great player in Europe is coming to Chelsea.
"We will just have to see how it pans out. I honestly think that a year ago I was the one who first used the phrase 'marquee player' and I have regretted it ever since.
"Every year, because of players being injured, players being not as good or better than expected or opportunities arising, it is an ever-changing scene so we can expect some changes during the summer, but we don't agree with some of the comments that we have an old squad.
"Our average age is 27 to 28 years old and we do expect a number of players from the Academy and the reserves to be in the first-team squad next year.
"Chelsea had a board meeting on Monday at Cobham and the board formally thanked Carlo and his staff and the players for a job well done but it was also pointed out that Monday was the start of the new season. We have to start looking forward and are planning for the new season."
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