Did Mourinho just take a dig at Chelsea’s academy?

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One thing always associated with Jose Mourinho is mind games, as the Portuguese usually has something interesting to say about every situation. His press conferences are usually hilarious and journalists always look forward to interviewing the 56-year-old.

Mourinho has been confirmed as the new manager of Tottenham, and he hasn’t wasted time to start taking shades at his former clubs.

Mourinho is known for splashing money in the transfer market and isn’t known for giving opportunities to youngsters. However, he has now taken a dig at his former clubs, insisting that they didn’t have quality in their academies.

“I really like this squad and looking to the young players – there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop – not one,” Mourinho told Tottenham’s official website.

“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, so I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talents that the first team need. Of course I look forward to [working] with that profile.

“To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect. I always [spoke] about the club’s potential. I always [spoke] about the qualities of the players. I always [spoke about] the magnificent work the club was doing.”

Mourinho had two spells as Chelsea manager and didn’t promote any talent in either spell. Meanwhile, youngsters from the Chelsea academy are blossoming under Frank Lampard.

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