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Kenyon rules out January spending for Chelsea

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon has revealed that they are highly unlikely to make any new signings when the transfer window reopens at the end of the month.

Instead, Kenyon insists boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will have to rely on players returning from injury to act as fresh faces in a Chelsea side which has begun to look a little stale over the past month.

It is difficult for top clubs to sign players of sufficient quality during the winter window, partly because their clubs are reluctant to sell and also the players are usually cup tied for Champions League action.

Chelsea have been linked with Newcastle striker Michael Owen, who would be able to play in Europe and would be available at a cut price fee with his contract due to expire in the summer. But Kenyon hinted there would be no movement into the club.

The likes of Ricardo Carvalho, Michael Essien and Juliano Belletti, plus the regular involvement of striker Didier Drogba, will be returning to the Chelsea squad as the season progresses.

"I don't think we will be doing any business in the January transfer window because the type of players we are looking for are not available,'' said Kenyon. "Another reason is that we have still got some long-term injuries coming back and in January or February, Chelsea will have more player availability.

"We put our squad together in the summer and we are concentrating on the squad we have and making sure our players get back from injury. On that basis, we think we have got a good enough squad to improve on last season.''

Kenyon insists Drogba has a future at Stamford Bridge and will be going nowhere.

"Didier is under contract with us for the next 18 months,'' said Kenyon. "He will be going nowhere unless we agree. I am concerned about the reports only because it is unsettling.

"It is as much down to us as anybody else. I don't know whether he did or didn't meet with anyone. It is not relevant. Didier has been injured, then banned and he's back after the Bolton game.

"He is a big player. He is important for us and we want him back because he is one of those players who can make a difference. But Didier will be going nowhere in January.''

Kenyon also insisted there was no crisis at Stamford Bridge despite Chelsea's current dip in form, which includes their 2-1 home defeat by Arsenal.

"Life is good despite yesterday's result,'' insisted Kenyon. "I think everybody was disappointed by that but we've got a big squad with a lot of experience and this is a long season. I don't think we should concern ourselves about one or two results.

"I am absolutely convinced, in terms of the management and the players, that we will get back on track quickly because they are big pros and they have been there before.''


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