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CHELSEA boss Roberto Di Matteo says Daniel Sturridge is 'very much' in his plans this season as he tries to find a way to make light of Didier Drogba's summer departure.
The young striker featured for Team GB at the Olympics but missed out on the Euros and faded a little after a bright start to the campaign under Andre Villas-Boas. Yet Chelsea's boss has thrown up the possibility that Sturridge could become a key man this year.
“I see him as part of my plans, absolutely,” Di Matteo said. “He's part of the squad and the team, and still has a lot of give. He still has a lot to learn as well, but we're hopeful he can develop even more and become a fantastic and great player for us.
“We are a little bit light up front. We've got one or two young players as well who are quite interesting, but we'll see what's going to go on until the market closes.”
The Italian added: “We are always looking if there is something out there or an opportunity where we believe we can strengthen. We have a good team when everybody is back and fit.”
“I think there's always competition for places. I will try to keep it as open as possible for people fighting for places. We've only had some of the players back this week from the Olympics.
"It will take a bit of time to find the right players in the right positions. We have a couple of new players, but a lot of the others have been here before.”