Saturday, 23rd July, 2011

Chelsea’s chief executive Ron Gourlay has explained that the Blues hope to have completed two signings within the next ten days and also detailed just why it has taken so long for the English giants to enter the transfer market this summer.

Andre Villas-Boas’ side look set to seal the capture of promising midfielder Oriol Romeu from Barcelona, but Gourlay also hopes that there will be other arrivals at Stamford Bridge.

"Andre has come in just a few weeks ago and needed some time to look at the pool of players we have, and we strengthened in January with bringing in Fernando Torres and David Luiz into the squad", said the Blues chief executive on the club’s Asian tour.

"When a new coach comes in he has to look at players he has and think about tactics and systems, because different players play differently under different coaches and in the next ten days Andre has the chance to analyse the squad and then we take it from there.

"But from our activity in the market place in the past, if the coach feels there is a player available that can strengthen our team then we almost definitely go into the market place, and we will have at least two signings in the next eight to ten days."

One player who will not be leaving Stamford Bridge is Didier Drogba, making the need for another striker less pressing. The Ivorian hitman has revealed that he is speaking to Chelsea about extending his current contract.

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