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Chelsea defender David Luiz has warned his teammates that Chelsea fans will still expect the team to compete for trophies despite the transfer ban.
The Blues will be unable to sign players for the next two transfer windows.
Luiz said: “I think everyone understands the moment and everyone understands [the need] to be patient. But in the end everyone wants to win. The fans are going to be patient in the first six months and then in the last six months they want us to win.
“It is going to be like that, we have to think about that and do the best to make them happy.
“If you don’t think like that then you can’t play for Chelsea. The ambition has to be high.”
Meanwhile, Luiz has encouraged Chelsea’s academy graduates to step up this season.
With Frank Lampard becoming the new head coach, and having former youth coaches Jody Morris and Joe Edwards as part of his backroom staff, there is an expectation from supporters that youngsters will play a big part this season.
With Chelsea also unable to sign players this summer, Chelsea youngsters are expected to play a big part in the upcoming campaign.
Some Chelsea youngsters like Billy Gilmour, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have impressed during preseason for the Blues.
“When you’re young you have to think about opening the door – not the door opening for you,” Luiz added.
“The young players have to work in this mentality, because life is not easy.
“Every day another boy is born and another boy wants to be a footballer. And it’s up to everybody to work hard and for them to knock on the door and open the door. They have the talent for that, they have the potential for that. They just have to show that every single day.”