Blues unveil Cole and Veron
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Italian manager was particularly coy when questioned over reports The Blues had made a £20 million bid for Vieri - admitting that he thought that the Italian would stay with Inter.
Ç¥I think Christian Vieri will stay with Inter,Ç¥ said Ranieri.
"I don't know if we tried to sign him. I have read the paper reports.
"I have good players here.
"What I need for the squad I will discuss with Roman Abramovich and not you - I am sorry."
In Veron, Ranieri believes that he has captured one of the global elite.
"I think our midfield is stronger now we have signed Veron and Cole," he continued.
"I think Veron is the best midfielder in the world and I am happy to have him in my squad.
"Joe Cole is a fantastic young player and I talked to people like Paolo Di Canio about him - and they said he was ready to come to Chelsea.
"I don't think about Manchester United's decision to sell Veron. I am merely happy Veron is here.
"I am not here to think about Manchester; I think Chelsea, I think positive.
"Both players are fantastic with and without the ball and they can play together.
"I think Veron will be a better player at Chelsea. It is a feeling I have. I am taking a gamble."
Ranieri is still looking to build, but is now turning his attention to moulding his team.
"I have talked to Mr Abramovich. I want 22 players, two for every place.
"If we want to fight for everything then it is important that I have champions fighting for every position.
"Every day I try to build my squad, but now my focus is on the Champions League.
"You know better than me that Rome wasn't built in a day. I should know - I am from Rome!
"I am working very hard to build my Rome.
"Alex Ferguson took seven years to win his first title. First I will build a team then a squad with a good spirit.
"It is vital that they are a group - then maybe we can win things.
"Our fans are very intelligent and they know we are working hard.
"I cannot predict that we will win this and this, but we want to win every match."
Veron was a little embarrassed to be called a world best by his manager, but admits the lable will spur him on.
"I think he is exaggerating a little," Veron said through a translator.
"I think it is a very big motivation for me and I wants to prove myself to the boss.
"I didn't have the consistency at Manchester United - I had good games bad games and exceptional games I did not find my flow.
"Italian football is different and I think this may have caused the change in my gameplay but I am confident I can play well here.
"Two months ago things were fine and Sir Alex Ferguson looked like he wanted to stay.
"Matters changed and he decided he did not need a central midfielder.
"The decision had already been made and I left it in his hands to do what they wanted."
Veron was also glowing in his praise of Cole - admitting he had spoken to Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand about the player.
"I recently spoke to Rio Ferdinand about him and I think he is a great player and one I am honoured to work with.
"For me he is the best young player in England."