Mourinho plans to stop signing
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jose Mourinho has said Florent Malouda will probably be his last signing of the summer.Jose Mourinho has said Florent Malouda will probably be his last signing of the summer.
Chelsea's Premier League challenge last season was hindered by a series of injuries to key players and Mourinho was expected to bring in a number of new faces to safeguard against something similar happening again.
He has added Steve Sidwell, Tal Ben Haim, Claudio Pizarro and Malouda to his ranks, as well as recalling Glen Johnson from his loan spell at Portsmouth.
Although he has not ruled out doing more business, Mourinho thinks his squad is already in good shape for the start of the season.
"The market is open and when the market is open you never know," he told Sky Sports News.
"But I don't think so. The squad is very good and we have at this moment alternatives.
"We have the protection we didn't have last season for some positions when we were in some trouble with injuries.
"I think it is more than enough the squad we have."
Malouda, meanwhile, is excited about the prospect of linking up with close friend Didier Drogba.
Drogba was the Premier League's top scorer last term but Malouda is confident he can help him be even more prolific.
"With Didi we don't have to talk to understand each other. He knows that I will support him, he won't have to defend a lot," Malouda said in the Daily Mirror.
"Las year he scored a lot of goals without me, but I hope all the strikers will score more goals than last year."
Chelsea's pragmatic style of play has not made them the most popular team in England in recent seasons but Malouda sees no reason to adopt a more cavalier approach.
He said: "I don't know if we will be more entertaining. I come to win. I prefer to win and to be boring.
"If we could play good football and score many goals it would be better.
"At Lyon we had a good defence and we were free to attack. I hope it will be the same here."
In other Chelsea news, goalkeeper Stuart Searle has joined from non-league Basingstoke.
The 28-year-old worked at Stamford Bridge in a part-time coaching capacity but has now left Basingstoke to provide back-up to Chelsea's reserves as well as carrying on his previous role with the academy.