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Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Blues still in the market

Soccernet staff

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he will look to complete two more signings before the close of the transfer window as Chelsea close in on the signing of Benfica midfielder Ramires.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has reined in his spending in recent times but, with Michael Ballack, Joe Cole and Juliano Belletti all leaving the club on free transfers this summer, Ancelotti feels replacements for all three are a necessity.

"We are not in any hurry," he told Sportske Novosti. "We have the whole of August to complete deals. The strategy of the club is clear. Compared to last season, we have lost Belletti, Ballack and Joe Cole, so we will add three players in these positions. So far, we've brought in [Yossi] Benayoun from Liverpool."

With the departure of right-back Belletti, Chelsea have been linked with a move for Shakthar Donetsk and Croatia defender Darijo Srna, 28, to fill the gap.

Asked if Srna was among his targets, Ancelotti said: "I understand your curiosity as a journalist, but I must stress that I cannot give you the names of players Chelsea are interested in signing."

Asked if he wished Sportske Novosti to issue a denial that Chelsea want Srna, he said: "No - I don't want to deny that we are tracking an interesting player."

Benayoun, meanwhile, has said he is working his way back to fitness ahead of the Community Shield against Manchester United on Sunday after suffering a slight injury.

"I trained with the first team for the first few days then I injured my groin and rested for a week," he told Sky Sports News. "I came back only a few days ago and I'm sure I'll be fit in a few days.

"I'm enjoying every day and getting closer to everyone. Hopefully I'll be here a long time and be successful. I can only say I will work hard as I did at Liverpool and do my best to prove I deserve to be here."

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