Buck predicts minimal changes

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to add up to three new faces to his squad this summer, according to chairman Bruce Buck.

It is anticipated that the Blues will offload the likes of Deco and Michael Ballack before the start of the 2010-11 campaign as well as possibly Ricardo Carvalho, Paulo Ferreira, Joe Cole and Juliano Belletti.

The Premier League and FA Cup winners have already been linked with Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, but Buck would only say:"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.

"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 window 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."

Subscribe to Football FanCast News Headlines by Email