Glenn Hoddle believes the acquisition of Inter Milan star Wesley Sneijder would help Chelsea fulfil their ambitions of winning the Champions League.

The Blues were knocked out of the competition by Manchester United at the quarter-final stage this season and Roman Abramovich's desperation for his side to be crowned kings of Europe is likely to see Carlo Ancelotti lose his job.

Former Chelsea manager Hoddle, though, says the west Londoners are not far away from being European champions and, with the addition of a creative midfielder, they will be a force to be reckoned with next season.

Hoddle, himself a tremendously talented midfielder in his heyday, has identified Holland international Sneijder as the man to potentially transform Chelsea from the perennial bridesmaids into the Champions League bride.

"Chelsea keep coming closer to winning the Champions League, they have been consistently reaching semi-finals, but right now the squad is lacking a creative element in midfield, to open the door," Hoddle said.





 

"I feel they have a good strike force, and I do believe that Fernando Torres will come good, but it is not easy for him without chances being laid on by a creative midfield.

"Someone like Wesley Sneijder comes to mind, the big clubs here are chasing him, but he is the kind of player Chelsea need and they need a couple like him.

"At the moment they are too predictable in midfield, and to go to the next level they need much more creativity in midfield, but Chelsea will appreciate there are not many of that highest quality around these days, and the few that are are being chased by the elite clubs."

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