The future's bright for Chelsea says Wilkins

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Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins believes the future is still bright for the Blues.

Despite recent disappointments that have ended hopes of landing a trophy this season, Wilkins feels Russian owner Roman Abramovich has plenty of reason for optimism.

Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is under increasing pressure after failure to deliver the Champions League crown – the only trophy still to elude the Blues since Abramovich took over in 2003.

But Wilkins says that patience is the key for a club looking to embark on a new era at Stamford Bridge, having unearthed a generation of young players capable of competing for a first-team place.

"Chelsea are starting to reap the rewards of a change in focus in the coaching of youngsters in this country," he said.


"I think Roman and Chelsea's plan for the last few years has been to look to nurture youth.

"Now that is starting to come to fruition with the likes of Jeffery Bruma, Josh McEachran , Fabio Borini and Patrick Van Aanholt."

Wilkins went on to praise the job Ancelotti has done at Chelsea, and backed him to see out his contract at Stamford Bridge at least.

"He's done a good job with winning the double in his first year and he has done fantastically well at the club.

"He's a good bloke – he's got all the players behind him and he is very well respected by everyone at the club. He loves it at Chelsea and I would anticipate that he would stay."

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