Chelsea chief expects “two or three” summer signings

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Chelsea will attempt to sign “two or three new players” in the summer as they begin a revamp of the squad at Stanford Bridge.

According to the Blues chief executive, Ron Gourlay, Roman Abramovich is planning to keep on investing in the Chelsea playing squad and is hoping to have his business done early in the summer.

Gourlay was speaking at the announcement of a pre-season friendly with the Singha Thailand All-Stars on July 17, which will take lace in Bangkok.

He claimed the signings would hopefully be completed before Chelsea make the trip in preparation for the news season.

“We will continue to strengthen the team and I am expecting the introduction of two or three new players and hopefully they will be in place in time to be part of the team in Thailand,” he said.

Interim manager Rafael Benitez confirmed he would be leaving Chelsea at the end of the season in a surprisingly candid post-match interview last week, in which he criticized the Stamford Bridge supporters for not getting behind the team enough.

Gourlay was asked about the possible replacements for the former Liverpool boss but he refused to be drawn in the issue.

Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Premier League and the Stamford Bridge official insisted the club were only concentrating on finishing as high as possible to guarantee his side qualify for the Champions League.

“We said from day one that Rafa was coming in as interim manager to the end of the season,” he added.

“It is important that we remain focused on the job in hand which is qualifying for the Champions League and then at the end of the season we will sit down, have a look at the situation and we will determine how we go forward.”

Chelsea are currently concerned with progression in the Europa League, however, and have a trip to Romania to face Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their last 16 tie on Thursday.

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