Arnesen realizing his Chelsea youth vision
Published 23:00 08/10/10 By Martin Lipton
Frank Arnesen claims Chelsea are finally making Roman Abramovich’s vision come true.
The Stamford Bridge sporting director has been charged by Abramovich with turning the most expensive academy in football into a genuine production line of talent.
And with the emergence of Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta, Jeffrey Bruma and Patrick Van Aanholt into Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team squad – and 15-year-old Nathaniel Chalobah knocking on the door – Arnesen believes the blueprint is now becoming a reality.
And he maintained that Abramovich, who has invested more than £700million since taking over in 2003, always wanted to see the club become a talent hothouse and not merely a buying machine.
Arnesen, who walked out on Spurs to join Chelsea five years ago, said: “We knew when I came in the aim in 2010-11 was to have one player in the first team every year.
“I’ve always been supported. Roman has been unbelievable. He appreciates what we have been trying to do.
“There have been pressures from the outside but he said to me: ‘Frank I know what you said when you came in 2005. We have an agreement, you carry on.’
“I knew what we were doing and I was quite comfortable that one day it would come right. I wasn’t expecting players through two years ago. They were only 18 and this is one of the world’s best clubs.
“This is just the beginning because the kids have to prove themselves.
“You can never expect a manager to put a player in if he’s not good enough. We knew it would take a bit of time to build the scouting up and make the right choices and get the players in at the right time.
“Then those players have to do it themselves because they have the talent.”