Mourinho targets two signings

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he will be looking to bring in two big-name players this summer - but refused to confirm his interest in Diego Costa.

Last Updated: 03/05/14 at 12:33 Post Comment

Jose Mourinho: Looking to bolster squad this summer

Jose Mourinho: Looking to bolster squad this summer

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Atletico Madrid and Spain striker Costa was the architect of the Blues' Champions League semi-final exit earlier in the week and rumours suggest Mourinho is keen to add the 25-year-old to his squad for next season.

But while Mourinho confirmed his interest in bringing at least one top-class striker to Stamford Bridge during the summer transfer window, he stopped short of discussing any specific targets.

The Portuguese said: "The only thing I can see is that the market is closed. It opens as you know in the summer.

"Chelsea will be quite calm and quiet during that period. They won't be the noisy team selling and buying, buying and selling. We aren't going to be that kind of club.

"We are going to do, I would say, a couple of critical signings. Is a striker a target for us? Yes. Is Diego (Costa) a good player? Yes, he is but he's an Atletico Madrid player so I cannot say much."

Mourinho caused controversy earlier in the campaign when he was secretly filmed questioning the aptitude of his current strikeforce, which includes the likes of Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba.

Mourinho is confident Chelsea will be in a better shape to win trophies next term after a 'transitional' season at Stamford Bridge.

And he has also questioned Eden Hazard's team ethic in the wake of Chelsea's midweek Champions League exit.

"Eden is the kind of player that is not so mentally ready to look back to his left-back and to leave his life for him.

"If you see the first goal of Atletico you completely understand where the mistake was and why we conceded that goal.

"The perfect team at the top level cannot make these kinds of mistakes."

While Mourinho has praised Hazard's willingness to work at times this season, he says there is still a lot of work for him to do.

"I'm not happy," Mourinho said. "I speak all season and I try to improve him all season."

@nickyb....yep, just like when old whiskey beak Fergie got rid of Beckham over his refusal to defend. Mata had no stomach to defend, just like becks. Jose is sending a warning shot across Hazard's bows. Though I think if PSG offer 70 mill we will take it. This is a team game after all. And this is a website for the envious fans of other teams to chip in with their half baked critiques...(myself included). The pity would be if Hazard did not listen to the likes of Zlatan et al and knuckle down to become the great he could be. For 150 grand a week I want a player defending when required. I mean, it is not like we have Van Persie up front who has serious psychological issues with making a tackle, or an Ozil who disappears faster than a Nazi when the Russians entered eastern Munich, or come to think of it a Ronaldo/Suarez who do a Houdini against the big teams.....according to our fellow PL teams we are a small team with no history. Me'h, we are all you seem to be able to talk about. CFCTID
- stevemelbourne

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