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Charlton manager Guy Luzon on champions AFC Bournemouth, summer signings and Joe Gomez transfer speculation

By KentOnline reporter

Charlton boss Guy Luzon heaped praise on the Bournemouth team that beat his side at the Valley on Saturday to secure the Championship title.

He said it was a model that the Addicks should be following if they want to reach the heights of the top league again.

“The table doesn’t lie and Bournemouth, in my view, are truly the best team in this league.” Luzon said.

“They play great football with quick pressure and good organisation. They deserve to be in the Premier League and we wish them all the success.

“They played better than us and really deserved to win this game. It was a good lesson for us in how we need to play football and how we need to play quick and press the opponent.”

Simon Church in action for Charlton against Bournemouth on Saturday. Picture: Keith Gillard
Simon Church in action for Charlton against Bournemouth on Saturday. Picture: Keith Gillard

There has been much speculation about who will be still be at the club by the time the 2015/16 campaign kicks off after a vast turnover last summer.

Luzon added: “To do it next season, first we need to keep our key players and to add another five or six good players.

“It is not only my decision we need to see about the financial condition and if we have the ability to bring into our club.

“I hope that we will have the budget and the best players we can bring to operate the team because i think we really have the base and we can go forward.”

One of the star players this season have been 17-year-old central defender Joe Gomez and Luzon was quick to dismiss rumours of his departure from the club in the summer transfer window.

“I am not the president or the owner of the club. I cannot tell you 100% who will be here but I really want Gomez to stay," he added.

"I don’t think if he signed for a Premier League club he would play and at his age he needs games. I am sure that he will stay because he wants to play and in our team he will get the chance to play.”

Roger Johnson slides in to deny Bournemouth. Picture:: Keith Gillard
Roger Johnson slides in to deny Bournemouth. Picture:: Keith Gillard

Luzon was also keen to point out that he and his scouting team have control over the players they bring in and there is not one specific area that needs targeting.

“It is me and the scout and of course if we don’t agree on players then they won’t come and if I want players and the scout doesn’t agree he won't come," he said. "When both of us agree and we have the finances we will try to bring him in.

“We need to upgrade in each line in the field, strikers, midfield and defence. We are not a complete team but we are a good team.

“In the last three months we need to be honest and say we have given everything and have got a great result because we were in the relegation battle and we finish the season 12th.”

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