Mourinho Rates Chelsea Youngsters

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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have to make do with the squad at his disposal as Chelsea can’t sign players this summer.

The Blues were hit with a transfer ban for two consecutive windows, but Blues boss Frank Lampard doesn’t seem to be worried and has since turned to the academy players to fill up the squad.

Chelsea have the habit of sending a huge number of players out on loan to develop, and the club’s loan system has been criticised by many. But former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the system has helped Chelsea now that the club can’t sign players.

Mourinho believes that Lampard still has a good squad at his disposal, insisting that the young Chelsea players have gone out on loan and gained massive experience.

“It depends on what you have in the academy, that’s the point. I think every manager in the world loves to play kids from the academy,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.

“The question is: what is the product from the academy? What can you work with to improve? I think Chelsea is a very special club in relation to that. I just give an example: Chelsea needs a centre-back – Kurt Zouma! You don’t need to buy, you don’t need to spend. Zouma!

“He’s champion of England, he played for Chelsea, played for Stoke in the Premier League, played for Everton in the Premier League, played for France. He’s your player, he’s on loan, where are you going to buy a better player than him? You already have him.

“You want a young striker – Tammy Abraham! He’s yours. He knows the club. He was made at the club, he was educated at the club. He was on loan, he played already some matches in the Premier League, he plays in the Championship but Championship at the highest level with the responsibility to play at a big club like Aston Villa. He’s ready.

“Do you need to buy a young centre forward? No! And Chelsea were criticised many times with the number of players they had on loan, more than 30 players, 40 players, but now the moment arrived and they have answers like nobody else could have.”

Mourinho also insisted that the major problem Lampard will have to deal with is the exit of superstar Eden Hazard.

Jose added: “They have the answers, so I don’t think it’s any problem for them. The only problem for them is obvious which is that they lost a phenomenal player. Eden Hazard was a special player for Chelsea and they lost him, apart from that I don’t see any problem for them.”

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