Jose Mourinho reacts to Chelsea transfer ban being lifted have of January window

Jose Mourinho has warned Frank Lampard he will struggle to find a way of improving on his current crop of Chelsea players in the January transfer window.

Lampard has presided over an impressive start to his first season in charge at Stamford Bridge, despite having been prevented from bolstering his squad during the summer.

Chelsea currently sit in fourth place in the Premier League following their midweek win over Aston Villa and are well placed to reach the knockout phase of the Champions League, with Lampard’s faith in a crop of emerging young players having been handsomely rewarded.

Mourinho has spoken previously of his admiration for the likes of Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham, both of whom have played prominent roles under Lampard this season.

After CAS reduced Chelsea’s punishment for breaching regulations relating to the purchase of youth players, Lampard will have the opportunity to spend next month but Mourinho, now Tottenham manager, believes that comes with its own risks.

He said: ‘I’m not worried with that. First of all, I’m not looking to the distance we have to Chelsea. Between us and Chelsea there are still two or three teams, so you cannot look so high and so far in this moment.

‘The second situation is for me that it’s not easy to get better players than they have – they have very good players.

Mourinho, himself, will likely jump at the chance to spend once the window re-opens, particularly in light of Wednesday’s disappointing performance when he surrendered his 100% start to life as Spurs boss at Old Trafford.

The former United manager will also play a role in determining the future of contract rebel Christian Eriksen, who is still to agree fresh terms and can leave on a free in the summer.

Asked whether or not the Denmark international wants to stay, he said: ‘I’m not going to answer you. It’s for him to tell you.

‘Of course I had a conversation with him, of course I have to defend the best interests of my club. My club is more important than my players and my players more important than me. But club is more important than any one of us.

So that’s the way I think. He is a fantastic player but the situation is I have to think first about the club’s interests. But I’m not going to tell you.

‘If Christian wants to do it as a personal point of view about what we said, I’m perfectly fine with it. I have nothing to hide. I’m just not sharing it with you out of respect for the player.’

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