The full cost of Chelsea's Premier League triumph has become fully uncovered today after the Press Association revealed them to have by far the biggest wage bill in the Premier League.
Jose Mourinho was heavily praised for his transfer business in the summer of 2014, in which he bought Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa while still turning a profit through player sales.
But while he may have appeared to balance to books, the wage bill increased dramatically. In fact, it rocketed more than 10 percent from the 2013/14 season (£25m) to hit £215.6m. That saw them overtake Arsenal (£192.2m), Manchester City (£193.5m) and Manchester United (£203m) to first place.
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The wage bill was further increased by a new deal for Eden Hazard at the midway point last year. After a stellar season, he was awarded a £200,000-a-week, five-and-a-half-year contract to become the club's highest earner.
It reveals that while Mourinho may have done well to turn a profit on player sales, the club themselves committed tens of millions to huge contracts during his second stint in charge. Their wage bill now absorbs 68 percent; well above the healthy rate of 50 percent.
It has also brought home just how badly Chelsea's flopping stars are failing this season. It is generally accepted that the wage bill corresponds with a club's finishing position in the Premier League, but Chelsea are unlikely to finish anywhere near first place.
A disastrous start to the season has seen them slip well out of contention not only for the title but also fourth place. With Mourinho gone, a recovery under Guus Hiddink looks to be on the cards.
The highest earners at Chelsea...
Eden Hazard – £220,000-a-week
Cesc Fabregas – £170,000-a-week
John Terry – £160,000-a-week