We are not Chelsea’s feeder club, Netherland club chief says

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A huge number of Chelsea youngsters have gone on loan to Vitesse over the years to gain valuable experience, with the likes of Mason Mount, Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore among the notable names.

Chelsea youngster Armando Broja became the 29th Chelsea player to go on loan to Vitesse, and many believe that the two clubs have a secret pact.

However, Vitesse sporting director Johannes Spors, has squashed talks of a secret contract and insists that the two clubs share a good relationship, even between the owners.

“The owners know each other well; that’s the starting point,” Johannes Spors told Goal.

“That’s where it comes from. Honestly, there’s not so much more to it than that. We have good contact.

“I have good contact with (Chelsea’s technical/performance advisor) Petr Cech, as I have known him for quite some time. We sometimes share thoughts, talk about football, their players and our players. There’s good communication. Honestly, though, I have a lot of these kinds of conversations with other big clubs.

“It is just a good contact between the clubs. Everyone knows we are no satellite club, there are no contracts and these things have never happened. It is just a good conversation between the clubs and we, Vitesse, are very happy about that.

“It is good to have a big club like Chelsea to share thoughts with. I have been here for one year and the history of loan players is important. We have to still make sure that everyone is convinced that it is the right step.

“I really had to fight for (Chelsea striker) Armando Broja, it was not like I wanted Armando and Chelsea said, ‘Here you go!’ No, I had to really convince him. If he said no, it is no! I had to convince Chelsea that we thought he was ready for that.

“It is a good relationship. Nothing happens because of the owners but it opens doors, let’s say.”

Indeed, its a partnership that has favoured the Dutch club, as four Chelsea players Matt Miazga, Lewis Baker, Nathan and Mukhtar Ali were all on loan at Vitesse when, in 2017, they won their first major trophy in their 120-year history: the KNVB Cup.

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