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New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri did his first press conference today since becoming Chelsea manager, and the Italian spoke at length about his Chelsea squad and plans he has for the team.

Asked if he could name some of the players he is keen on signing, Sarri replied: “I cannot name any names because I don’t know who these people are.

“I spoke with the football club and I said that ideally I think pinch of quality is lacking in the central midfielders, for a certain kind of play, otherwise they are at a very high level.

“At the end of the transfer window it will be up to me to decide what type of game is suitable for the final squad.

“I cannot claim to come here to Chelsea and change 20 players. I must adapt to Chelsea and adapt to the available players and then we will see whether or not I have to change something in my style because the squad is advising me through their characteristics.”

The Italian signed a three-year contract on Saturday, replacing compatriot Antonio Conte, and was presented to the media for the first time on Wednesday, opting to use a translator rather than answer in English as he felt his English wasn’t good enough.

The translator initially said Sarri had felt his centre-halves were the weakest area, though Chelsea have clarified that his comments were mistranslated and he meant central midfield.

Sarri has already signed Jorginho from former club Napoli and the Blues have the likes of Tiemoue Bakayoko, Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and N’Golo kante in midfield, but it seems Sarri will need to strengthen this area further.

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