Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is calm about a lack of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge and insists a major overhaul to his squad is unnecessary.The Blues have seen two bids for Tottenham’s Luka Modric rejected by their English Premier League rivals, but have otherwise been idle in the current transfer period.
And Villas-Boas believes no significant changes need to be made to his current squad, though he did not rule out making new signings.
“You have to take into account in six years the amount of trophies this club has won and the dramatic change this club has suffered in the last eight years; it was a dramatic change that brought success,” he said.
“It doesn’t mean that we are not looking to strengthen the squad or to bring players in, it just means a different approach to the market.”
“We have 15 more days before (the opening game against) Stoke and 31 days before the market closes.”
“The players are not under assessment because they are successful on their own, it just means we need to evaluate the sectors that we might need strengthening and try to do it wisely and properly.”
“On that front we are pretty happy and in August I think we will take the decisions that we need to take for us to be ready for the first day of the season.”
Speaking of his expectations for the upcoming season, 33-year-old Villas-Boas said that he expects his side to challenge for several honours, including the Champions League.
“It’s pretty straightforward what you have to achieve at this club, isn’t it?” he said.
“You have to win trophies. If you have big success and you know the hunger of what these players want to achieve, I think it is straightforward.”
“You have to challenge for the Premier League and also the other trophies and I see no reason why this cannot happen.”
“You can see a pattern in the last four years in the Champions League, the semi-finals Chelsea have been present. It’s just one more step.”
“Will I be able to do it in the three years I have a contract with, or one or two? I don’t know. It’s a challenge that we want to take.”