Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has said that he is unsure whether the Blues will be able to spend on new recruits when the transfer window reopens in just over two months’ time.
The west London giants were inflicted with a two-window transfer ban starting from July 1 but they have made an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in order to potentially reduce the embargo.
Speaking after the recent Premier League triumph at Burnley, Lampard was asked whether the ban could be lifted by the New Year but he happened to respond with uncertainty regarding the same.
“I don’t know, is the answer. I don’t know if we can. It is not in my hands so I wouldn’t want to speculate if we can or can’t. At the minute, we can’t. I am just concentrating on what is ahead of us with the squad we have now,” he was quoted as saying by Goal.com.
He added that a club of Chelsea’s calibre are always on the lookout for players, who can improve the squad but he cannot comment on the possibility with the current restriction in registering new recruits, he added: “A club like Chelsea, we will always be looking at ‘can we improve the squad? If there is the potential to bring players in, at the moment I don’t know the answer.”
With the transfer ban, many predicted that the Blues could have a rough season under Lampard, particularly with Eden Hazard heading through the exit door during the summer. However, Lampard has managed to get the best out of the club graduates and the likes of Fikayo Tomori, Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James have made their breakthrough this term.
Aside from the trio, the likes of Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also stepped up to the plate with game-changing performances of late and Lampard won’t be overly concerned, should the Blues fail to overcome their ongoing transfer ban.
Chelsea have a home game against Manchester United in the fourth round of the League Cup on Wednesday night. Lampard’s tenure with the Blues began with a 4-0 league defeat at Old Trafford and the players will be eager to avenge the result.