Steve Holland says Chelsea anticipate no transfer business this month

The Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland took Jose Mourinho's place in front of the media ahead of the game against Newcastle United, answering questions on the side's season so far, transfer business and this weekend's Premier League encounter.

Chelsea assistant manager Steve Holland has said the club doesn't anticipate any transfer business to take place this January, hoping that no players will be sold and none come in.

However, the Blues' number two has said that if a player were to depart then they would have to look at replacements, very much like last season.

He told the pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend's game against Newcastle United: "Jose has made it clear he doesn't want anyone to leave. I can only repeat the hope and expectation is that there will be no business."

There have been reports that Andre Schurrle could be attracting interest from side's in Germany - while there have been reports linking Chelsea with a lucrative move for Barcelona star Lionel Messi, but Holland seemed to play down any suggestions, citing Financial FairPlay.

He said: "This club conforms with Financial FairPlay. We have brought one or two players in, but it's quite clear that players have been sold to balance the books.

"When you look at the numbers surrounding the Messi deal, it's almost impossible for those working within Financial FairPlay."

Holland was taking the place of Jose Mourinho due to the Chelsea manger being charged by the FA for comments made in the media about a campaign towards the side.

His number two said he was focussed, and the rest of the side seems focussed on trying to get the better of the Magpies this weekend who were the first side to beat them this season. He also praised the players for the start they have made to the season which sees them share the lead with Manchester City in the title race, despite having an eight point lead a matter of weeks ago.

Holland said: "He's focused on game against Newcastle tomorrow. We lost the away game recently and we are very determined to put that right.

"There is a frustration with all of us, not just Jose, at the accumulation of decisions. We are all together in this but we all have to move on.

"Within football and the media, when you have a small lead like we have, people make a lot of it. When that lead goes you can also make a lot of it, I don't think anybody here thought it was a conclusive margin and that the story was over.

"Everybody trained today and we are in good shape physically. There is a strong determination to win the game against Newcastle. We remember we lost their recently and don't want a repeat."

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