Soccer-Chelsea aim to turn to academy rather than spending spree (Reuters)

LONDON, July 2 (Reuters) – Chelsea’s place among the world’s elite clubs must rely more on producing players from their academy than big-money signings to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules, club chief executive Ron Gourlay said on Tuesday. In an interview to mark Chelsea’s 10 years of ownership under big-spending Roman Abramovich, Gourlay told the club website (www.chelseafc.com): “Mr Abramovich’s early investment in playing staff paid dividends in creating a team admired around the world. …

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