Jose Mourinho names 55 youth players he brought through

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Jose Mourinho had a ready-made answer when he was asked about his perceived aversion to giving youth players a first-team opportunity at his introductory press conference.

“You know how many young players I promote to the first team from academies? 49,” was the Portuguese’s retort as he produced a notepad with a list of names.

The notepad was offered to journalists at the end of the press conference but it was never exchanged because a glass of water was accidentally knocked over.


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However, the The Times' Oliver Kay eventually got his hands on the list and it turns out Mourinho named 55 players.

And it seems Mourinho might have missed the point slightly. He included names of academy products and players under the age of 21 who he has handed debuts to at their new clubs, meaning the likes of Arjen Robben and Mario Balotelli made the list.

Chelsea beat some of the biggest teams - including Manchester United - to the signing of Robben from PSV Eindhoven in 2004. The Dutchman was nurtured by Groningen and PSV before landing at Stamford Bridge.

And Balotelli had made his Inter Milan debut by the time Mourinho arrived at the San Siro in 2008.

At Real Madrid, the 53-year-old claims to have promoted Raphael Varane, Casemiro, Alvaro Morata and Jese Rodriguez.

Check out the full list below, per Oliver Kay.

Benfica: Diogo Luis and Geraldo Alves

Union Leiria: Nuno Laranjeiro and Joao Paulo Andrade

Porto: Carlos Alberto, Bruno Morais, Pedro Oliveira, Reinaldo Garcia, Joca and Hugo Luz

Chelsea (1st spell): Arjen Robben, Lassana Diarra, John Mikel Obi, Sam Hutchinson, Jimmy Smith, Michael Woods, Anthony Grant, Ben Sahar, Steven Watt and Lenny Pidgeley

Inter Milan: Davide Santon, Marko Arnautovic, Alen Stevanovic, Mario Balotelli, Luca Caldirola, Giulio Donati and Rene Krhin

Real Madrid: Raphael Varane, Alvaro Morata, Casemiro, Nacho, Jese, Joselu, Tomas Mejias, Omar Mascarel, Fabinho, Pedro Mendes, Jose Rodriguez, Denis Cherishev, Pablo Sarabia, Juan Carlos, Diego Lorente, Alex Fernandez, David Mateos, Jesus Fernandez Collado, Antonio Adan, Fernando Pacheco Flores and Jorge Casado

Chelsea (2nd spell): Kurt Zouma, Lewis Baker, Dominic Solanke, John Swift, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Bertrand Traore.

Some big names

Mourinho added: “Some of them are big names, they are today Champions League winners or in the Euros, playing for national teams and it is a lot.

“So once more, one lie repeated many times, sometimes it looks like it's true but it will be always a lie. So for many times, many of you – with or without intention – that is not the point, I don't care about it – but it was not true.”

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