Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted he needs a new team built around the club's young stars.
With the future of experienced trio John Terry, Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole still unclear, a new generation of Chelsea stars could be in line to lead the Blues into the future.
Mourinho is set to meet the board on Monday to present a post-season report, and he's indicated the club need an influx of new stars to reach the top again.
Sky Sports quote Mourinho as saying: "Clearly, Chelsea had a fantastic team that lasted for 10 years.
"That team is over. It doesn't exist any more. Chelsea needs to build another team with some similarities to that one. Some of these boys are still here, but not many of them. And Chelsea is building its future."
Despite his call for fresh faces, Mourinho seemed keen to keep some of the old guard involved, but the future is in the hands of a number of younger players.
He added: "You could see this season that these people were important to give some stability, to give some experience to the team, but obviously they're not the players for the next 10 years.
"The players for the next 10 years have to be the Hazards, Oscars, Matic... these young guys are the guys for the next 10 years."
Matic, however, has been a revelation since his January arrival after a spell at Benfica.
The big Serbian midfielder made the move to Portugal as part of the deal that saw David Luiz join Chelsea, but following a string of impressive performances for Jorge Jesus' side, Mourinho parted with £21million to bring him back to Stamford Bridge.
The signing of Matic is a highlight in a season where Chelsea narrowly missed out on their two main aims - Premier League and Champions League success.
The Blues title chances were ended by a 0-0 draw at home against Norwich last weekend, while in the Champions League they were eliminated at the semi-final stage by Diego Simeone's vibrant Atletico Madrid.
Those results are likely to feature when Mourinho presents his end
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