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New Chelsea boss Villas-Boas promises gradual change

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas is saying that evolution not revolution will mark his tenure at Stamford Bridge. Ever since his appointment the 33 year old has since been linked with a raft of players, with Tottenham's Luka Modric and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker mooted as potential targets.

"I am still evaluating things at the moment," he said after watching his side defeat Portsmouth 1-0 in a pre-season friendly at Fratton Park.

"It is not that I have to change things radically and I will take it step by step.

"I think it is pretty obvious that we will go into the market at one time or the other but not with radical changes to the team.

"The team will keep itself (together) and most of the players.

"(On Saturday) it was important for us to show the fans the future of Chelsea and you could see that in the number of (young) players we had on the pitch.

"We had a 16-year-old (Nathan Chalobah) on the pitch - that promises a lot.

"He is English, he has a future and these are all things the fans must see."

"Normally people would expect you to arrive at Chelsea and make radical changes and we are taking everything on board and making the right decisions.

"Again our arrival is much more about freeing these players and finding their talent rather than making radical changes."

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