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Ancelotti ruling out a transfer window plunge.

CHELSEA boss Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out buying any new players in the January transfer window unless injuries force him to ask owner Roman Abramovich to open his cheque book.

The Italian coach, preparing his side for their Champions League, Group F, clash with Spartak Moscow at Stamford Bridge tonight, insists that his current squad is good enough to see the Blues through to the end of the season, unless the club suffers a spate of long-term injuries.

Chelsea have been linked with a host of big name players already this season but Ancelotti moved swiftly to dampen any talk of new additions in January - including Liverpool's out of form striker Fernando Torres.

"I always said that Torres is not our aim for the future because we have trust in a lot of young players," said Ancelotti.

"We also have fantastic strikers in Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou. We also have fantastic young players like Daniel Sturridge and Gael Kakuta.

"So, in this moment, we don't really need to have a striker, a fantastic striker, like Fernando Torres.

"We can be competitive in all competitions with this squad. The most important thing is to avoid injury, when possible.

"We have to maintain the squad with all the players fit. This is the most difficult thing to do, but we're trying and working hard to do this, to control the recovery of the players.

"I want to be sure that the players who will be involved in the game tonight will be fresh."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Nov 3, 2010
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