'We just can't keep signing new players', warns Chelsea boss Potter

‘We just can’t keep signing new players’, admits Chelsea boss Graham Potter after £88m Mykhailo Mudryk takes their transfer splurge under Todd Boehly to £400m in six months, but Blues are still in the market for January reinforcements

  • Mykhailo Mudryk became the latest arrival of the Todd Boehly era on Sunday 
  • He was unveiled at half-time during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace 
  • The winger is likely to be joined by further new faces during transfer window

Graham Potter admits Chelsea cannot keep buying new players after taking their incredible spending spree since the summer to more than £400m on 13 signings.

Winger Mykhailo Mudryk became the latest arrival of the Todd Boehly/Clearlake Capital era on Sunday – and fifth of this January window – after completing his whirlwind £88m move to Chelsea from Shakhtar Donetsk.

He signed a staggering eight-and-a-half year contract and was unveiled on the Stamford Bridge pitch at half-time during Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace after passing a medical in the morning.

Chelsea boss Graham Potter claimed a much-needed victory over Crystal Palace

Mudryk is likely to be joined by further new faces with Chelsea having bid £26.5m for PSV winger Noni Madueke while they remain in the market for reinforcements in central midfield and at right back.

Head coach Potter said: ‘We’ve got to be, not necessarily careful, but you’ve got to understand we’ve got ten or eleven players unavailable [through injury and suspension] and you can’t just sign players to replace those because then you’d have a squad of 30 and that is a problem.

Myhailo Mudryk – the club’s latest signing – was paraded around Stamford Bridge at half-time

‘So you have to do the right thing and look at what the right solutions are.’

Chelsea have built a new-look team to oversee their recruitment along with the squad he is trying to build and Potter added: ‘There’s a period of transition and you have to stabilise things and work to support as best you can.

‘If you’re in a position where in a small period too many people are making recruitment decisions, it’s not a recipe for short- or long-term success. So we have to stabilise things, make good decisions, and align our resources.’

Kai Havertz’s header midway through the second half proved the difference on Sunday

Mudryk, 22, appeared Arsenal bound until Chelsea swooped after sending a delegation to Turkey for talks with Shakhtar on Saturday.

They outbid their London rivals with an offer of an initial £62m plus £26m in add-ons while turning the players’ head with a deal thought to be worth around £130,000-per week, significantly more than Arsenal were prepared to pay.

Mudryk’s contract is due to run until 2031, with Chelsea’s new owners introducing an American-style policy of offering long-term deals to players under the age of 25.

Chelsea have spent £400million on 13 players under Todd Boehly in just six months

Potter said: ‘I’m the head coach and I’ve had enough to worry about before thinking about contract lengths. I’ll leave that to the club and what’s right for the club. I’ll try to support as best I can.

‘I’m looking forward to working with him. If I’m here for the remainder of his contract, then we’ll all be happy.

‘You’re never surprised in the transfer window because things happen when you don’t expect them to happen. In terms of what he brings, he’s a player with a big future, exciting, one vs one, he’s very direct, he attacks the back-line, can go into wide areas but also affects the goal. A really exciting player and I think our supporters will really like him.’

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