Chelsea are completely focused on playing football, and that is a good thing heading into the start of the season.
While fans are always hoping to see more acquisitions in the transfer market, it is no longer likely that this happens. According to Dominic Fifield of the Guardian, Jose Mourinho recently discussed the perks of finishing early in the transfer season:
It depends on the philosophy of each one but, as a manager, the sooner you have the players the better. You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time to do that.
Until the last minute, a club can go there and steal a player...In that aspect, we are OK because we don't have players to sell, so none of my players is leaving under any circumstances. Many teams will be under pressure until the last moment without knowing how the squad is going to be.
Clubs have until the end of August to make moves to impact the upcoming season, but it appears as though they will no longer be a part of this process. Mourinho clearly states that none of his players are going anywhere, and there has not been much talk about finding many new additions either.
However, this remains the only potential deal on the table, and it seems as though Mourinho is doing his best to complete it sooner than later. He is also at the point where he does not need to make a move, and he would be fine going into the season as is.
There is certain to be a lot of shakeup next season as Chelsea is one of a number of squads going through a coaching change. The difference is that Mourinho is already comfortable with his surroundings, and he is also spending the rest of his time working to get his current squad better.
The club is currently on its Asian preseason tour, and the manager is getting to know his players and seeing what each of them can do.
Meanwhile, new Manchester United manager David Moyes continues to focus on the transfer season and, to this point, has been largely unsuccessful in his pursuit of the top players. He also has to deal with what to do with the Rooney situation.
In their three preseason matches, they have lost twice and certainly have fans nervous going into the season.
Obviously, wins and losses do not mean much at this point of the year, although it does show where the focus is for the defending EPL champs.
Additionally, Mourinho's statements will help give confidence to his players that they can focus on getting better. These men certainly read their names in the paper as possible transfer targets, but they can rest easy to know that they will not be sent out.
Chelsea had a talented squad last season that finished third in the league table and won the Europa League. Much of the roster was filled with young players who are only going to get better, while the veterans still have some left in the tank.
Considering the squad did not lose any significant pieces and will get Romelu Lukaku back, the Blues are clearly top contenders for a league title.
Any incoming transfer at this point would be a luxury, which puts Chelsea ahead of the game compared to fellow EPL clubs. With more time to work under Mourinho, it will help make the club that much better next season.
The cohesion that will be created will pay large dividends when it counts.
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