The Lens president, Gerard Martel, told The Independent yesterday: "It is a logical punishment for a club that goes to intermediaries who turn the heads of young players on behalf of them. Someone who worked for Chelsea must have told them there was a way of getting him out of here. I have got my idea who it is, but I am not going to say.
"I have worked for football for 21 years and there has always been respect from clubs when we sit around a table [to discuss transfers]. But when Chelsea steal a player that is not acceptable. I was the president of the UCPF [body representing French professional football clubs] for 15 years. I know what we are doing is exactly right."