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Graham Potter: My job is to improve Chelsea squad before thinking about new signings

Sam Collins

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Graham Potter: My job is to improve Chelsea squad before thinking about new signings

Graham Potter wants to prioritise and improve his current Chelsea squad before he starts thinking about new signings.

Chelsea had a busy summer transfer window in which they spent a club record amount that was in excess of £250 million.

The big money signings that arrived were Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling as the new ownership team, led by Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, looked to make a statement.

While a lot of business was done in the transfer window just gone, Boehly and the team are not done, they are still hoping to arrange more deals.

Reportedly RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku has a pre-contract agreed with the club and secretly did a medical in Frankfurt at the end of summer.

The west London side are also looking to tie down a deal for the France international's teammate, Josko Gvardiol.

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It is very proactive from the Chelsea owners as they look to beat their competitors to these highly wanted players.

Speaking before Chelsea's Champions League game against AC Milan in a press conference, head coach Potter was asked about how encouraging it is to know that the owners are working hard on improving the squad for the future.

He replied: "The guys are ambitious, that is for sure. They want to develop the club and the team, as we all do.

"I never forget my job as head coach is to develop the players that are here and then to work with the club and align the resources we have to make the decisions when transfer windows open."

Graham Potter during a press conference at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)
Graham Potter during a press conference at Stamford Bridge. (Alamy)

He continued: "Predominantly my job is to help the players that are here and that’s what we’ve been doing.

"We haven’t seen them that much but the last few days have been positive and I need to focus on that.”

So although Potter is keen to make his mark and bring in players, his main focus is on developing the current group at his disposal.

There was also a question that specifically focused on the potential move for Nkunku, Potter responded: "“As I’ve said before, my answer is that I don’t speak about players that are Chelsea players.

"If you want to ask about Chelsea players, I am happy to speak about them. It was the same at Brighton, you get linked with a lot of players and there are a lot of names out there.

"And you can imagine it gets escalated when you’re at a club like Chelsea. But I will speak about Chelsea players and not comment on anyone else.”

Christopher Nkunku in action for France against Denmark. (Alamy)
Christopher Nkunku in action for France against Denmark. (Alamy)

He echoed these thoughts when he was asked about a potential move for Cristiano Ronaldo who is expected to leave Manchester United in January.

He said: "You can spend all day asking these questions but I am not going to speak about anyone else.

"I have the greatest respect for the person you mentioned and anybody else mentioned. But while they are not our players, I do not speak about them.”

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Topics: Chelsea, Chelsea Transfer News & Rumours, Graham Potter

Sam Collins
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