Jose Mourinho has taken a jibe at FFP rule of UEFA, claiming that Chelsea has become a “selling club” now.
European football governing body UEFA has started taking a stricter action against the clubs who do not follow the rule of “Financial Fair Play” and it fined Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain recently. Chelsea were forced to sale Juan Mata in January and David Luiz and Romelu Lukaku in the summer transfer window to make some more important signings like Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has claimed that his club does not enjoy the global fan base of bigger clubs like Real Madrid and FC Barcelona and this hampers the revenue generation ability. Mourinho said: “We are making money to be able to spend money. In every transfer window Chelsea is losing players, is selling players.
“In the winter one we sold Mata; in the summer one we sold David Luiz and Lukaku.
“So Chelsea in this moment is not a spender – Chelsea in this moment is making more money in transfers than the money we spend.” Mourinho was speaking to Eurosport.com.
Mourinho stressed that teams with relatively modest base, like Chelsea, are the losers of UEFA’s policy as traditional giants like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Manchester United enjoy the more spending power.
“When UEFA decided for Financial Fair Play they were trying to do this to make every team (have) equal possibilities,” he said.
“But the reality is that the big teams, the big clubs, the clubs with more years at the top with more fan base around the world, with more income, are the players that keep being the big spenders.
“So Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern, Manchester (United) – all these huge teams, I think they have an advantage.”
Chelsea are at the top of the Premier League standings but Mourinho claimed in his interview that his club is unlikely to break the British transfer record in future now. Mourinho also stressed that his club Chelsea is happy to work as per the rules of UEFA and they still have the ability to remain competitive.
“But at Chelsea we are so happy with the way we are doing things, with this great balance between the income and the money we can spend. We are so happy with that profile of club we are, we don’t want to change.”