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Villas-Boas pledges to help Chelsea stars

Andre Villas-Boas maintains his door will always be open to his new Chelsea squad — and not just for football matters.

The Portuguese coach may be only 33, but capped a remarkable rise from the backroom staff at Stamford Bridge under former Blues boss Jose Mourinho to the top job when appointed successor to Carlo Ancelotti.

Villas-Boas never made his mark as a player, but his comprehensive approach certainly proved a big hit at Porto, whom he guided to a domestic double and Europa League success last season before filling the vacancy in west London after a 15million euro release clause in his contract was paid off.

Meeting the high demands of owner Roman Abramovich, who craves the Champions League trophy more than any other, is certainly a daunting challenge ahead for the youngest manager in the English top flight.

However, Villas-Boas knows it is more than just harmony on the field which will prove key to sustained success.

“We are very open-minded, we are open to them, to their problems and not only the problems they face on the pitch but their problems that they face in their day-to-day life,” Villas-Boas said.

“We are not just managers of the game, we are people who understand the person as a whole. This is something that we feel can have a good impact.

“I want to feel everybody together in this project.”

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