Stamford Bridge set for major squad re-shuffle.
ANDRE VILLAS-Boas has decided he must kick out his dressing-room doubters if he is to stand any chance of succeeding as Chelsea manager and has already devised an Under-26 masterplan.
Villas-Boas believes the changes are necessary to transform the Blues into a major force again. Whether he is given time to do that remains to be seen.
But the Daily Express understands Villas-Boas will still be in charge for the second leg against Napoli in three weeks and might make it to the end of the season if he secures a return to the Champions League for next term.
Villas-Boas has already started work on lining up deals for the summer but an age-limit of 26 has been set.
SOURCE: Daily Express
Andre Villas-Boas is clearly geared towards trusting to youth and appears keen to bring in and use the young players he inherited from Carlo Ancelotti in order to attempt to refresh his Blues options but thus far this tactic has backfired somewhat.
Having left out some high profile players at various points during the season, most notably dropping both Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole ahead of the crucial away leg of their Champions League defeat in Naples. The West London club are fighting to secure a top four finish this term and there has been intense pressure on the young Portuguese boss to deliver this term.
The Daily Express believes that Roman Abramovich will back Villas-Boas in the short term and if he doesn’t swing the axe will then back the Blues boss to make sweeping changes in the summer.
Frank Lampard is apparently leaning towards a move to PSG over interest from LA Galaxy and given that former Chelsea boss Ancelotti is in place at the Parc des Princes perhaps a move to the Ligue 1 big spenders would appeal to the England veteran.