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Once the recipient of negative press due to a perceived reckless spending when the transfer window was open, Chelsea now often tout how important it is for them to operate within the legislated confines of FIFA Financial Fair Play. This, while clubs like Manchester City expended £90m on five players last summer.
'Chelsea at this moment is working very, very well, thinking that the Financial Fair Play is going to be in place and we have to obey certain rules,' manager Jose Mourinho told Sky Sports News recently, before adding that because of the competitive nature of owner Roman Abramovich, together with his general footballing passion, there would be no hesitation to adhere to a prolific recruitment policy providing they were free to do so as per regulatory body legislation.
'Our owner is still the same owner and his passion for football is still the same,' Mourinho said. 'If we are free to spend our owner is more than happy to be free to spend. Our owner is respecting the new rules that we are waiting for and hopefully, for the good of football, it’s for everybody, not just for some.'
Nemanja Matic was recently acquired from Benfica for a £21m fee but, three days later, on January 18, Kevin de Bruyne was sold to Wolfsburg for an undisclosed sum believed to have offset a majority of the sum it cost to sign the Serbian midfielder.
The Stamford Bridge club have also been linked with moves for Luke Shaw at Southampton and Kurt Zouma, of Saint Etienne, however, one player long associated with a West London exit - Eden Hazard - has quashed the notion that he will switch to the Ligue 1 team by saying on Tele-Foot: 'For four years, during each transfer market, there are rumours I will go here and there.
'Paris has money, Paris is a great club. But I am at Chelsea, there is no chance to see me leaving during that transfer market or during the next one, I think. I don't want to leave. To me, Chelsea is the best place to improve.'
And finally, while Chelsea recently slayed Manchester United by a 3-1 scoreline thanks to a Samuel Eto'o hat-trick, it was… NOT United who had the last laugh as, during Rafael da Silva's post-match interview, Oscar gave him a cheeky push from behind.
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