Abramovich outlines Chelsea transfer restrictions to Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho's second spell as Chelsea manager will differ from his first stint in west London - certainly in terms of transfer activity - after Roman Abramovich ordered the Portuguese tactician to adapt to UEFA's Financial Fair Play regulations, reports The Independent.

The Russian owner - who celebrated 10 years at Stamford Bridge this week - has tasked the former Real Madrid boss to deliver more academy players into the Blues first-team, with less reliance on the club's 'blank chequebook' transfer policy.

Abramovich spent more than £100million on new players during his first summer as Chelsea chairman, after buying the club from Ken Bates on July 1, 2003. A decade on, and it's now time for a more sustainable approach to player recruitment.

"It has been a hugely successful decade for Chelsea football club since Roman Abramovich took control, with an unprecedented number of trophies in the last 10 years," reflected Chelsea chief executive, Ron Gourlay.

"The club has also taken great strides off the field in that time, adapting to meet the challenges of football's changing landscape.

"Mr Abramovich's early investment in playing staff paid dividends in creating a team admired around the world, but to keep Chelsea among the elite we have always known we must produce our own world-class talent and we are beginning to see the benefits of our academy, which will help us meet our long-term objectives for financial fair play."

Gourlay added: "As we prepare for the next 10 years, I feel we are well positioned to continue the success we have so far enjoyed under Mr Abramovich, and everybody here is determined to build on that progress we have made."

Mourinho spoke openly about improving what Chelsea already had at their disposal during his first press conference when he was unveiled as manager again last month, rather than simply spending money to solve the problems in his squad.



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