Chelsea will not be looking to sign or sell any players in the January transfer window, Jose Mourinho has confirmed.
The Blues manager has seen his team rocket to the summit of the Premier League and will enter the new year challenging for all four major trophies. As the season moves into its second half, players can start to fatigue hence get injured more frequently.
It would therefore seem natural for Mourinho to use the vast wealth of Roman Abramovich to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. But the Special One has insisted he will refrain from entering the market halfway through the campaign.
"Our project is to start and finish the season with the same group of players"
Asked by talkSPORT if he was planning on making additions, Mourinho replied: “No.
“We have a short squad but we’ve got good players, some younger, some older, but the squad is very, very good. Our project is to start and finish the season with the same group of players, so there will be nobody to leave and nobody to come in either.”
Chelsea were imperious with their transfer business in the summer, signing Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas before the World Cup got underway. Mourinho later added Filipe Luis, but it is the first two who have really made the difference.
Costa has bagged 12 Premier League goals so far this season while Fabregas has assisted 11. Kurt Zouma also joined up with the Blues this summer after originally agreeing a transfer in January.
“When John Terry signalled that we needed to change I thought we might be in trouble"
The young defender went down heavily after a clash of heads with Petr Cech in the Capital One Cup game against Derby County. Mourinho admits he was worried for the 20-year-old's wellbeing.
He added: “When I saw Zouma was down, I was scared because we can’t lose any players and certainly not for long periods of time.
“When John Terry signalled that we needed to change I thought we might be in trouble, but no, happily for us and for the kid, we weren’t.
“He’s fine, he took a punch from Petr and had a cut inside his mouth, so taking him off was just a precaution. He was fine in the dressing room after.”