Jose Mourinho has said he is happy with the business Chelsea have done during the transfer window and doesn’t expect any more business to take place between now and Friday’s deadline.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of their game with West Ham United tomorrow evening at Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea boss said: ‘We are happy with what we did. Kevin De Bruyne was expected. He’s a fantastic player but an expected deal for us and very good if you can compare what Chelsea paid for Kevin a couple of years ago.
‘Juan [Mata] was unexpected and we answer immediately with [Mohamed] Salah which we believe a 21-year-old boy needs time to develop. [Nemanja] Matic was needed, we had 6 wingers and number 10’s. Without spending more than what we got, we changed two players for another two and our squad now is more balanced.’
Salah has yet to join up with the squad and is not available for the West Ham game, but may arrive in the country tomorrow.
Despite the troubles that West Ham are currently facing, Mourinho is anticipating a difficult match against Sam Allardyce’s side tomorrow evening, and doesn’t see a big gap emerging between the sides towards the top end of the table as he praised the ‘evolution’ of his team.
‘I look at the game and I see a very difficult match, probably the other title contenders feel the same with their opponents. Unless something strange happens I don’t see big distances being created between the teams.
‘I think we have to try to keep the good form we have and let things happen naturally.’
The Chelsea manager commented on speculation linking Thibaut Courtois with a permanent move to the club he is currently on loan at in Atletico Madrid. When asked if he could see him staying at the La Liga club in the long-term, Mourinho said: ‘No.’
He also didn’t rule out a contract extension for striker Samuel Eto’o – whose current deal runs out at the end of the season.
‘He is very comfortable, and we are very comfortable. We have a very trustful relationship with him. He’s the kind of guy with his career he feels free and very comfortable for decisions for himself.’
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