Chelsea plan to strengthen in January


Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti claims he will have funds made available to him if he wishes to add to his squad in the January transger window.

Chelsea have recently hit a poor run of form and there has been some speculation that owner Roman Abramovich has become impatient with the Italian and that Ancelotti has lost his backing.

However, Ancelotti insists he has the support of the owner and that he will receive funding, and he may consider strengthening his side in January following injuries to four key players.

They will also be determined to get their title bid back on track, after slipping into third, picking up just two points in four games, but Ancelloti will be slightly reassured by the option of bringing in new faces; centre backs David Luiz and Gary Cahill, who are at Benfica and Bolton respectively, have been linked to Stamford Bridge.

"I spoke to the owner after the game on Wednesday and we spoke about what we can do in January," said Ancelotti.

"If we need to improve our squad in January, we'll be able to do this.

"The owner is available for us to do this.

"But now's not the time to think about this. We have to play with these players against Tottenham."

Chelsea face Spurs on Sunday at White Hart Lane, but will be missing Frank Lampard, Alex and Jose Bosingwa. Spurs can recall Aaron Lennon, Luka Modric and Alan Hutton, after the trio were rested against FC Twente midweek but Rafa van der Vaart (hamstring) has not yet recovered, although Younes Kaboul is in contention to start following his thigh problem.

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