Mourinho sees future in youth
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to bring in younger players to his first team squad.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready to bring in younger players to his first-team squad.
The Blues have often come under fire for their big-spending policy but Mourinho now sees potential in the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal's Carling Cup final side was full of youngsters while Chelsea featured Lassana Diarra, John Obi Mikel and Salomon Kalou in the squad and Mourinho believes the younger players will be instrumental to the club in the future.
"We have some young boys with quality and we believe maybe they can do it in the future," Mourinho said.
"I can watch reserve level and see a right-back with good potential and see a central defender who is improving a lot. But they are not yet ready.
"As the first-team man, I am waiting for the final product to be delivered to me and after that I can make that product ready for Premiership level.
"I am satisfied with the progress being made because it was very, very bad. At this moment, we have very good coaches.
"But to build from the beginning and bring young players at the level Chelsea demands is not easy.
"Next season Ben Sahar is ready to come up and be part of the first-team squad. Maybe next year one or two more will be ready."