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Villas-Boas slams January transfer window

Manager not interested in more January business

By | 28th January 2012

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas made headlines yesterday when he came across as extremely non-committal in discussing prospective signings such as Genk’s Kevin De Bruyne and Shakhtar’s Willian.

The Portuguese manager has followed up by explaining that his stance stems from the unappealing nature of the January transfer window.

“Clubs are asking for a lot of money, and not a lot of money is around in society and in football at the moment. The January market is always extra-inflated and you have to take that into account,” Villas-Boas remarked.

Emphasizing that his focus is on the highly anticipated FA Cup clash against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road today, he added: “The FA Cup is one of the most prestigious trophies, the second most important domestic trophy in England and the one with the biggest tradition.

“We have a will to go as far as we can and try to win the trophy.”

With the Premier League title looking out of their reach, the Carling Cup already in the past, and the Champions League presenting an extremely difficult challenge, the FA Cup presents perhaps the best opportunity for silverware in AVB’s first season at Stamford Bridge.

But in order to take another leap forward towards Wembley, the manager is fully aware of the need to fend off cross-town rivals QPR, who beat the Blues 1-0 in the league earlier in the season at the same venue.

“Loftus Road is an environment of great passion and great ambition and I just want it to be a traditional football game. The environment was outstanding the last time we played at QPR and I expect it to be the same,” Villas-Boas asserted.

As a reminder, Chelsea’s midfield ace Frank Lampard is expected to miss today’s match altogether.

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