Villas-Boas puts Chelsea transfer dealings on ice
Published 23:00 18/07/11 By John Cross in Kuala Lumpur
Andre Villas-Boas has promised to do his “proper business” in the transfer market once Chelsea return from the Far East.
That is a worrying sign for Tottenham, as they struggle to keep hold of Blues target Luka Modric, who has slapped in a transfer request at White Hart Lane.
Villas-Boas, who is also close to tying up deals for Genk’s teenage keeper Thibaut Courtois and Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, made it clear that he wants to focus on the Far East tour for now - but that there are big deals to come.
When asked about Modric, the Chelsea boss said: “I think I have answered that question enough.
"We do not have the same sense of urgency that you are trying to put on me. It is a big 15 days and then we will go to the market and do some proper business.
“The market has plenty to offer. We have to decide on our needs but we will not be putting players to the test because they are top quality. By the time we go to the market we will know exactly what we need.
“It is 15 days here, and it will be an intense 15 days - but it is nothing. Top European teams move abroad, not only to show themselves to the fans but to get together and find out about each other.
“It will be an intense 15 days and it doesn’t matter if you do it in Asia, Europe or America, but it is important to touch the people who love us.”
Villas-Boas has taken 26 players to the Far East, including the likes of Jose Bosingwa, Nicolas Anelka and Alex, who all face uncertain futures.
But the Portuguese says this is a big chance for them and some youngsters - including Slobodan Rajkovic, Josh McEachran, Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Chalobah and Billy Clifford - to prove their worth.
The familiar big names are here too and Villas-Boas made it clear that he is happy to accept some of them are “untouchable” - as Jose Mourinho used to say - just as long as they deliver the goods in helping to achieve his main aim: European glory.
Villas-Boas said: “My job is to keep the standards high. Any manager of Chelsea is expected to in and I am not alone in this. Are there untouchables? Untouchables are players who have consistently achieved at a high level.
“Are these not the kind of people you want at Chelsea? As long as they can meet the expectations of the fans - that is their job. For a manager the most important thing is to be coherent in the decisions he makes.
“The pressure on Chelsea to win the Champions League is always legitimate. There has been a great consistency about the teams who reach the last four over the past six or seven years.
“Manchester United, Barcelona and Chelsea have got regularly into semi-finals and finals. Our club played one magnificent final we lost but when you get to semi-finals and finals anything can happen.
"For sure, one day the trophy will arrive at this club.”