Jose Mourinho has revealed that he wants to build his Chelsea team around an English core in the future.
Currently the only Chelsea players who can be considered as first team regulars from England are John Terry and Gary Cahill, but this is all set to change in the future as Mourinho makes more of mark on his squad after returning to manage the club last year.
He says that his long-term project at Stamford Bridge will be involve bringing English youngsters into his Chelsea side and he hopes to give more domestically born players a chance in his line-up in the future.
“(We want) to have more English players in our squad which we are going to have in the future but in this moment we are still in the middle of this process,” he revealed to Sky Sports.
It gives hope to players such as Patrick Bamford, who has impressed in the lower-leagues whilst on loan from Chelsea, that he could make it at his parent club.
However, it is unlikely to be this season that Bamford gets his first exposure to first-team football at Premier League level as in the same interview Mourinho explained that he would be keeping Fernando Torres, despite rumours linking him with a move away from the club surfacing.
He said: "Three strikers is fundamental in a squad and we have three strikers; Fernando, Didier and Diego so one of them is not (going) for sure.”
Even so, Mourinho has been very open about his long-term plans for the club in the future and as well as Bamford there are a collection of promising English youngsters in Chelsea’s squad at the moment.
Indeed, the Portuguese boss named Lewis Baker, Dominic Solanke and Izzy Brown as three who should go on to play for the national team in the future – saying he would blame himself if they never manage to play for the Three Lions.
It remains to be seen just how much faith Mourinho does actually have in his promising stars, given the pressure on him to deliver immediate success, but the words should be a boost to the club’s youngsters and the national team for the future.