Chelsea gaffer Jose Mourinho has maintained that he is happy to keep Nigerian stars John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses at Stamford Bridge for the new season, stressing he is happy with his team.
The manager spoke at a pre-match conference ahead of his team International Champions Cup opener against New York Red Bulls
However if a player leaves, as he expects Filipe Luis to soon, he and the club must be ready to find a replacement.
‘We are a very happy group,’ stated Mourinho. ‘The players feel it. We are a club in peace. We are a club where our future has to be bright.
‘At the moment we don’t want players. It’s simple. We must be ready because it looks like the market is open, and because it looks like the market is open there is always a risk somebody comes for one of our players or one of our players shows an interest in leaving. We must be ready to answer to it.
‘If somebody speaks about other midfield players, it’s not true because I have Ramires, Matic, Fabregas, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek and Oscar.
‘But imagine if somebody comes with a bid on 29 August and we are happy with the bid and the player is happy to leave,’ continued Mourinho. ‘We must be ready. If we speak about new players at the moment we speak about the balance of the squad, which is a balanced squad.
‘In this moment we need a left-back because I think we are selling Filipe Luis now or tomorrow. We need to go the market, we need to find a club that accepts a bid before 31 August, and we are going for a left-back. In other positions we have no space.’