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Mou Plots A More English Chelsea

The first player bought by Roman Abramovich at Chelsea was Glen Johnson for £6 million.

Johnson now plays for Liverpool, and is an England international, although no thanks to his disappointing spell at Stamford Bridge.

Since then, the Blues boss has lavished roughly £2 billion on mainly foreign players for his favourite toy, making Chelsea into a Premier League and European heavyweight.

Veron, Mutu, Crespo, Makelele, Drogba, Carvalho, Essien, Shevchenko, Mikel, Anelka, Bosingwa, Zhirkov, Ramires, Luiz, Torres, Lukaku, Mata, Hazard, Oscar and Schurrle are the foreign players signed for the Blues for over £15 million under Abramovich.

There are dozens more who came for various lesser prices.

Johnson, Bridge, J. Cole, Parker, Wright-Phillips, A. Cole, Sturridge, Cahill and Moses are the only British players to have been signed by Chelsea for notable fees.

Despite the waves of foreign stars that crash upon West London however, much of Chelsea’s modern success has been predicated on a core of local players.

Manager Jose Mourinho refers to Brits like John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard as Chelsea’s “spine”.  And he says his plan is to make Chelsea a more English team in the future.

"I like that local core, not just in England but when I've worked in Portugal, Spain and Italy," said Mourinho in an interview with the Guardian.

"You owe some respect to the country and the national team, so to give some options for them is important. To keep the culture of the country in your own team's style is also very important, and you cannot lose characteristics of the local football. Sometimes people think: 'Ah, we want to play like this or like that team, like a Barça or a Bayern.' But, first of all, you have to play like the culture of the country you're in.”

More than just having a team of Brits, Mou says he wants to build a tea of players “made in Chelsea”. And he says that thankfully, there are a few yougsters coming through the ranks who can replace the club’s long-standing local veterans.

“Ideally it's not just about having British players either, but having players who are made in Chelsea.” He said.

“In three or four years' time, if we don't have other Englishmen to replace this nucleus of players – when Lamps is 39, John is 36 – I will be very sad. Every club needs that.

"So we are working on that [new generation]. We have some players on loan, like [Nathaniel] Chalobah, and we have some others working and growing in the under-21s. Their standard is improving.”

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