Chelsea boss Villas-Boas: I want to help develop British talent
Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says he's in the Premier League to bring out the best of British talent.
Villas-Boas, 33, has had a busy summer recruiting some of Europe's most exciting young players, while watching Manchester United surge ahead with a new-look side, yet he believes we must pay more attention to the English youngsters coming through if the domestic game is to stay strong.
"We should always protect the British talent we have, because we speak about players like Chicharito but why don't we speak about Ashley Young and [Danny] Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge and Josh McEachran for example?' he pondered. 'These players have good technical flair and good creativity.
"It is legitimate that people have the expectancy to play for Chelsea when they are young and are [as] talented as the ones we have. But the others are as talented, and more experienced than them, so it is very difficult to get in.
"The way each manager runs the talent at his disposal is different from me to Sir Alex to Wenger, and it's just the way I have to decide.
"I don't think by taking this approach I am blocking the promotion of this talent, it's a competitive environment and I treat everyone the same. Eventually if they compete to be the best, when they break through they will be at a level that even they themselves don't recognise."