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Chelsea are signing players for the future, says Mourinho

31 January 2014 19:42

Jose Mourinho is adamant that Chelsea are signing the right players for the future and hinted that a striker will arrive before next season.

Chelsea have been highly active in the January transfer window, acquiring midfielder Nemanja Matic from Benfica in addition to Basel winger Mohamed Salah and Saint-Etienne defender Kurt Zouma, who has been immediately loaned back to the French club until the end of the campaign.

The London club have not moved to sign a striker, despite a knee injury to Fernando Torres that has left Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba as the only available forwards.

But Mourinho revealed that Chelsea will look to bolster their attacking options in the close-season.

"We don't want emergency plans, it's not our profile now," he said. "The players we're signing now are the right ones for our future: Matic, Salah, Zouma, a young kid for the future.

"We don't sign a striker now as an emergency plan to score half a dozen goals to give us half a dozen extra points, whatever they mean for us.

"We're waiting for the summer to do the right thing in that area. We know basically what we want, and we know what we want is impossible to get in this transfer window.

"Many people don't understand why we did other things and not a striker, but in the summer you will understand why.

"Our objective is to finish in a Champions League spot. That's the competitive objective, because the greater objective is the improvement of the team and preparing the team for the future."

Chelsea travel to Premier League leaders Manchester City on Monday and will move level on points with Manuel Pellegrini's side with a win.

City are unbeaten in their last 20 games in all competitions, but Mourinho insists Chelsea will not change their approach to the game.

"The reality is they (City) have had many crucial decisions in their favour," he added.

"They were lucky against Liverpool, against Newcastle and against Tottenham. But I repeat this is just pure coincidence.

"We are not going to change our philosophy. We are going in a certain direction, and just because we are playing a certain opponent doesn't mean we are going to change that. We are going to try to win."

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