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The club is in Japan competing for the Club World Cup and has been linked with a number of stars including Atletico Madrid superstar Radamel Falcao and Newcastle's Cheikh Tiote

Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has suggested the European champions could turn to the transfer market in January to reinforce their squad as they aim to reinvigorate their season.

The interim manager spoke cryptically when speaking on the matter while in Japan as the side competes for the Club World Cup but would not be drawn on speculation.

The Stamford Bridge outfit has been linked with experienced Premier League players such as Newcastle's Cheikh Tiote and Everton's Marouane Fellaini and the club has also been heavily tipped to move for Atletico Madrid superstar Radamel Falcao.

“We'll see if there are any surprises,” Benitez told reporters. "The club is working and always looking for good players, so we'll see if there are any surprises."

The 52-year-old Spaniard will be without John Obi Mikel throughout January on account of the African Nations Cup, as well as Oriol Romeu, who was ruled out for the rest of the season following a knee injury sustained against Sunderland.

The former Liverpool and Inter Milan boss also expressed his surprise at the extent of the youngster’s injury.

"Oriol Romeu was bad news and we weren't expecting something so serious," he said. "He'll be fine for the future, he's a young player."

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