Frank Arnesen: Chelsea youngsters don't get enough first-team opportunities

Chelsea's former chief scout and director of youth development Frank Arnesen claims there was no chance for young players to make their mark on the first team during his time at Stamford Bridge.

At Chelsea, we had fantastic talent, we built up marvellous players, but they needed to be given a chance and they never were. The pressure is so big.

I am very proud of what I did. I did a fantastic job. I made the club a lot of money. I bought players for small amounts and they were sold for a lot of money.

"I am talking about players like [Daniel] Sturridge, [Fabio] Borini and [Miroslav] Stoch - they ended up being sold for about £30million and that pays for the academy.

I am happy with many of the players I signed for Chelsea; just think, Borini and Sturridge are now at Liverpool, Stoch scored the FIFA goal of the year for Fenerbahce, Nemanja Matic is the star man at Benfica.

Then you have Jeffrey Bruma [Hamburg], Gael Kakuta and Patrick van Aanholt [both Vitesse Arnhem], who are doing very well on loan.

There is Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand, too. Some don't get the chance for the Chelsea first team now, but they will.

– Frank Arnesen, speaking to the London Evening Standard

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