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Benitez: No new arrivals

Rafael Benitez has admitted he does not think Chelsea will give him any more money to spend before the transfer window closes.

Last Updated: 29/01/13 at 15:25 Post Comment

Rafa Benitez: Chelsea manager not expecting any new signings

Rafa Benitez: Chelsea manager not expecting any new signings

The interim manager has told owner Roman Abramovich that his squad is not strong enough to cope with the demands placed on them this season.

But he appears to have given up hope of being allowed to add to the January signing of Demba Ba before Thursday's transfer deadline.

Asked if he anticipated any dealings before the window closes, he said: "I don't think so but my job is to improve my squad and manage the situation we have.

"We are playing more games than anyone. In some positions we have only two or three players, that's the reality.

"After the Africa Cup of Nations, and when we get Eden Hazard back, we'll be able to manager a bit better.

"I'm really focused on my job. We know we are training well and preparing properly, and that's my job.

"The players are happy in terms of what we are doing. Against Arsenal we were fantastic. We have to win together.

"My focus is to improve the team and keep the players believing that we can win. I like managing top sides and this is one.

"The positive is that we are still scoring goals and conceding less than in the past, but we still need to improve."

"My position is exactly the same," Benitez said, confirming he had held talks with club technical director Michael Emenalo after Sunday's FA Cup tie at Brentford.

"I was speaking about football with Michael, as normal. I will try to do my job as well as I can, and try to do my best every game."

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till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

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would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

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ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

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