MOURINHO: Reacts to Pellegrini and reveals long term FFP philosophy.
Many people make comment and give their opinion on the amount of players Chelsea have at the moment and especially the amount we have on ...
Many people make comment and give their opinion on the amount of players Chelsea have at the moment and especially the amount we have on loan. Jose Mourinho has revealed the moves Chelsea have made over recent seasons is important for the new financial situation in football.
Of course this has come to a head after Manuel Pellegrini made comments about Chelsea's spending over the last ten years and in the previous transfer window last month.
After Mourinho stated that Chelsea were the "little horse" in the title race and then declared that Man City are the Jaguar, Pellegrini responded and his reaction was part of the focus on Mourinho's press conference yesterday.
Talking of the previous window Mourinho said:
‘Pellegrini made comments about the way we spent money. He’s a fantastic coach and I respect him.
Academically he is an engineer and he does not need a calculator to work it out. Mata was sold for £37m, de Bruyne £18m. That is £55m.
We brought in Matic for £21m and Salah for £11m - that is £32m. So £55m less £32m is £23m.
So for Chelsea in this window it is £23m - he does not need a calculator for this.
They have a team for now, not for 10 years, but for three or four, so experience, potential, power and not worried about financial fair play because in the summer they spent. You do not need a calculator for this.
He wanted to win the four competitions, but the only thing that is funny is that he talked month after month after month, I never answer to Mourinho - but he did. So he changed. He was the same in Spain.’
When asked further about the club's transfer policy over recent seasons and the acquisition of so many young talented players Mourinho revealed the club have invested wisely by saying:
'Chelsea made great investments in the past and in some moments we were criticised because we did so much, but things change and we've adapted to those conditions.
With, for example, a player like Kevin De Bruyne, who played three or four games, we made a fantastic profit. There are other players that belong to Chelsea who maybe won't play one single match for us, so we'll sell them.
We had to organise ourselves in a different way. It wasn't me, it was before me, but the club were doing fantastic work in this area; Lukaku, De Bruyne, Courtois, Thorgan Hazard, Piazon.
Lots of young players, not all of them will have a career at Chelsea but all of them are important in this new financial situation. Chelsea worked very well and probably started doing it before other clubs.'
It's an interesting insight from the manager. You only have to look at Kevin De Bruyne and the profit made and you can understand the club looking at the new financial rules and cashing in.
Now don't get me wrong, I still believe that KDB can be world class and has the potential to be a star but for one reason or another it never worked out here. To sell KDB for £18m making a profit of around £11m is fantastic business.
Looking at our dealings in January, despite the feelings at the time about Juan Mata in particular, who can complain after watching our performances of late culminating in the victory at Man City?
I am sure the clubs long term vision is to bring players through the club as we have with John Terry and it's still encouraging to hear Mourinho talk of some of these players having a career at Chelsea. That's the goal and the aim especially in these new financial restrictions.
However, you only have to look at the list of players we have out on loan and their values and can see that when the time comes, the club will make a really healthy profit while working to bring other players through:
Thibaut Courtois (Atletico Madrid)
Kurt Zouma (St Etienne)
Patrick van Aanholt (Vitesse)
Todd Kane (Blackburn)
Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough)
Ryan Bertrand (Aston Villa)
Oriol Romeu (Valencia)
Marko Marin (Sevilla)
Christian Atsu (Vitesse)
Bertrand Traore (Vitesse)
Cristian Cuevas (Vitesse)
Ulises Davila (Cordoba)
Thorgan Hazard (Zulte Waregem)
George Saville (Brentford)
Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough)
Josh McEachran (Wigan)
Victor Moses (Liverpool)
Romelu Lukaku (Everton)
Lucas Piazon (Vitesse)
Milan Lalkovic (Walsall)
Gael Kakuta (Lazio)
Patrick Bamford (Derby)
Jhon Pirez (Leganes)
Stipe Perica (NAC Breda)
Now you only have to look through there to see the potential revenue the club can make if need be. As I said people have complained and the club have been heavily criticised but Chelsea's transfer philosophy could set a precedent for other clubs to follow.
You can take your pick at the standout names in that list to hope that they make it here as Jose said. If they don't? Well we are in a good position for the future.
Now, I want to hear from as many Chelsea fans on this and your reaction to the comments made by Mourinho?
Do you think the club has done fantastically well in putting themselves in this position based on the new financial restrictions or do you disagree?
Carefree & KTBFFH!