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Jose Mourinho slams "economic sharks"

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Jose Mourinho has slammed European clubs that are spending vast amounts of money this summer, calling them "economic sharks", before confirming Chelsea would not be doing any more business this summer.

The Stamford Bridge boss was speaking after his side's penalty shoot-out defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup on Firday night, where Romelu Lukaku's missed penalty meant Mourinho's poor record against Pep Guardiola sides continued.

After the match the Portuguese went on the attack at clubs, without naming names, that had been spending astronomical fees on players this summer, despite the fact that Financial Fair Play regulations are about to come in.

Mourinho claimed that Chelsea had adjusted their recruitment strategy top adhere to the rules set in place by UEFA president Michel Platini and was angered by the fact that other clubs seem to be going about their business as if the rules will not apply to them.

He didn't single out any clubs but it is unlikely a coincidence that his outburst at a time when Real Madrid are reportedly set to sign Gareth Bale from Tottenham Hotspur for a world record fee.

Ligue 1 clubs Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco have also been spending lavishly this summer, with the latter taking their total spend this summer past £130million with the purchase of Geoffrey Kondogbia from Sevilla.

"Clubs have to think about the future, where financial fair play will make us think about football in a different way," he said in an interview with ESPN.

"We have already started but other clubs seem to think FFP will never start or they think they can override what FFP says and determines. They have continued spending incredible sums. We have gone with another thought.

"The club has invested in young players and, with those young players mixed with the players who came to Chelsea in the past, we are constructing a team to compete directly with those who invest more.

"But we are happy: we have a young team with a bright future. We have two players almost for every position, some more experienced, some with more potential for growth. And we have other players, loaned out for one, two or three years, that have to come back.

"And with less investment, we intend to maintain the level of these economic sharks who seem like they will continue with the desire to buy and they will keep buying. I'm happy for them that they have that objective."

Mourinho was then asked if Chelsea would be doing any further business before the transfer window shuts on Monday night, his response: "No, I don't think so".

The Blues have made significant investment this summer, bringing in the likes of Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel, Willian and Samuel Eto'o.

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