Gary Neville backs Chelsea for Premier League title next season

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The former Manchester United defender believes last season's champions will take some beating, but the transfer market could alter that drastically.

Gary Neville has backed Chelsea to successfully defend their Premier League title next season, via Sky Sports.

The Blues ended up running away with the league last season, as Jose Mourinho’s men started the campaign on top and never moved from that position.

At one point it had looked like Manchester City had managed to rein them in, before Manuel Pellegrini’s side fell away and allowed their rivals to comfortably claim their first title in five years.

And Neville says they have to be seen as the team to beat ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.

“As I stand here today now, I think it would be very difficult to look to past Chelsea,” he told Sky Sports News HQ.

“However, who knows what is going to happen in the next month in terms of signings and how those signings will then come in and adapt.”

The transfer market could change things

Indeed, the summer transfer window is naturally going to have a major impact on the title race and beyond, with it as yet unknown what effect the comings and goings will have on various sides.

So far the top four have been relatively quiet, with Chelsea adding Radamel Falcao on loan and Manchester United having secured Memphis Depay, while Arsenal have secured the signing of Petr Cech.

Manchester City are yet to make big moves but are expected to try and overhaul and ageing squad after last season’s disappointing performances, and Neville is expecting plenty of new faces come the season’s opening weekend.

“Things can always happen and you could look at a team in a month’s time and think ‘they’re going to take some stopping with the people they’ve signed’,” he added.

“But certainly now, without the business having been done, you aren’t as informed as you’d like to be, but Chelsea would be the team to beat and I think everyone would say that.”

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