Chelsea chief Arnesen admits Abramovich winding back spending

Chelsea youth chief Frank Arnesen admits owner Roman Abramovich is cutting spending at the club.

“The structure is now in place and the financial crunch has meant that Roman has hit the financial brakes and asked us to cut deep,” he told Weekendavisen.

“We have cut down significantly on scouts and other activities.

“But we are at the level of Real Madrid and Manchester United – and we are now getting close to the time when the club can function without Roman’s money.”

Arnesen says that Abramovich has given him increased power at the club since his arrival in 2005 as head talent scout.

“I have been responsible for scouting first-team players since 2006,” he said.

“In my first year, my job was to scout players under the age of 19, but it seemed foolish that our network was only looking at players under 19.

“Roman understood that, so I was handed a mandate to recommend players for Mourinho, Avram Grant and now Scolari.

“If Scolari says he lacks a centre forward, it’s my job to make bids on players that have the necessary quality and personality to succeed at Chelsea.”

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