The champions are at the centre of another transfer controversy after it emerged that the club have lured 15-year-old Nathan Ake from Dutch club Feyenoord.
The teenager joins a long list of overseas youngsters to have moved to Stamford Bridge alongside the likes of Patrick van Aanholt, Jeffrey Bruma and Gael Kakuta, whose signing in 2007 resulted in a transfer ban which has since been overturned.
According to The Guardian, Feyenoord’s sporting director Leo Beenhakker said: “It’s driving me crazy that hot prospects are walking away from us like this. The Premier League clubs spoil the market with their behaviour. Other clubs in Europe aren’t doing this kind of things, but the English sides just don’t care.
“It’s obviously bad news for Feyenoord. We can’t do anything about it if a foreign club comes up to sign one of our youngsters.”
A Chelsea spokesman responded, stating that he had been in touch with Feyenoord and that everything was above board. He added: “We have kept Feyenoord abreast of our interest and as such we have reached an agreement with them.”
Kakuta wants starting spot.
Gael Kakuta has set his sights on becoming a regular first team player after ending speculation regarding his future by signing a new four-and-a-half year deal at Stamford Bridge.
With Carlo Ancelotti preferring to give opportunities to young blood at Chelsea rather than dipping into the transfer market with Kakuta, Jeffrey Bruma and Josh McEachran all being introduced this season, the French youngster hopes to establish himself during the period of his new contract.
According to The Press Association, Kakuta said: “Since I signed for Chelsea when I was 16 all I was thinking about was to get to the first team. Now I have been playing a few times with the first team and I have signed for four-and-a-half more years, I have to make a way for myself into the starting 11 and make my dream come true.
“The manager said to me it is the right time to play and I think for me it is as well. It’s my job to do my best and try to play more often and show the coach that I am good enough to play in the team.”
Anelka to end career in MLS.
Nicolas Anelka is considering following compatriot Thierry Henry and ending his career in the United States, according to a report on The Mail Online.
The 31-year-old striker has a contract which runs until 2012, but could move across the Atlantic to the MLS at the end of his current deal. The nomadic striker is considering the USA despite perhaps being able to earn more money in Qatar, according to his father.
Claude Anelka told mls-news.fr: Nicolas said, ‘When my contract is over, what will I do?’ The United States would interest him, he told me. There are more and more players who want to go and play there. It would be a dream for him.
“The United States represents something. Players say, ‘I’ll try and play there, even if I earn less money than in Qatar’ for example.”