Chelsea transfer news: Jose confirms rebuild project, Juanfran, Mikel

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All the latest transfer news and stories from Chelsea, including Atletico Madrid stars renewing terms, John Obi Mikel and more.

It is testament to Jose Mourinho's methods that he was able to get a flawed Chelsea team performing so functionally throughout the season last term.

The Blues finished third in the Premier League and the semifinals of the Champions League - not bad for a team who lacked a reliable and consistent goal-scoring striker.

The Portuguese coach, who finished the season without a trophy - a rare occurrence for Mourinho - has already begun to address this in the summer market as he has successfully acquired former Arsenal captain Francesc Fabregas, with prolific predatory box-finisher Diego Costa expected to arrive imminently, also.

However, could there be more additions?

"After 10 years of titles and great moments, this is a moment to rebuild again, because teams don't last for ever," Mourinho said.

"I was a little part of the process that made Chelsea a force in the last decade, and I come back with the dream to try to be a little part again of the next decade. That's what we are doing, and for sure the results will come. Next season will be very, very difficult, even more so [than last year].

"I know Chelsea will be better, but maybe the other teams will be better too, so it will again be the kind of league where you don't know if you're going to finish first or finish sixth. In this moment I have to think and feel and say we want to finish first."

Another area Mourinho needs to reinforce is left back, due to Ashley Cole's departure after a glorious run at Stamford Bridge. Spanish defender Juanfran, though, will not be joining as the player extended terms with Atletico Madrid yesterday, Wednesday.

And finally, in this data study, one writer asks whether the contrasting nature of John Obi Mikel's sub-par Chelsea outings to his Nigeria performances suggests that his future would be best spent away from West London.

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