Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said it was important for the club to invest in players like Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa as they look to build on last season's third-place finish in the Premier League and their run to the Champions League semi-finals.
Drogba, who has returned to the club for a second spell after departing in 2012, has said they are both good signings with talent and experience.
Fabregas joined the Blues from Barcelona believed to be close to £30 million, whilst Costa move from Atletico Madrid having played a huge part in their La Liga title win and run to the Champions League, including scoring against Chelsea along the way.
Drogba told the Chelsea website: "It was very important for us to buy these players, they are all good signings. To have Cesc with us, I think he’ll understand it’s better to be with us than against us. They are good players and I hope they will bring their talent and experience to the team.
"I’ve been watching Diego play over the last few years and the first time I saw him I really liked him as a player. I like his character, he’s solid, he can score goals and he’s also technically gifted. He likes people to respect him and that’s important."
Some bemoaned Chelsea's lack of a prolific goalscorer last season as they finished four points behind Manchester City in the title race but Costa's record of 36 goals in 51 appearances last season should fill the Blues with hope of that particular area being addressed.
Fabregas as well adds an attacking threat as well as great intelligence, pedigree and experience in the middle of the park. Those are perhaps the ingredients that manager Jose Mourinho thought was lacking - along with a presence and personality around the club that Drogba has.