Ex-Lens chief Collado: I warned Chelsea trouble was looming

Former Lens chief Francis Collado has revealed he warned Chelsea chiefs that trouble would be coming over their deal for Gael Kakuta.

Former Lens chief Francis Collado has revealed he warned Chelsea chiefs that trouble would be coming over their deal for Gael Kakuta.

“Chelsea didn't have the right to take him,” Collado told The Times. “He wasn't free to go. At 14 we proposed a contract. In effect this was a pre-contract because in France you can't pay a player until he's 16. The contract was registered with the French FA and the French league.

“At a certain point last year I went to see Peter Kenyon and Frank Arnesen in London. I said to them: 'We cannot just let this player leave. We have a youth development centre to run. That costs money. We invest in it. This boy is a phenomenon.'

“I took the contract to them. I gave them the figures and then they proposed a ridiculous figure. They said they thought they had the right to take him. I told them that I would go to Fifa, that they could be fined and banned from making transfers, but they thought they could get away with this. What has happened is a shame for Chelsea, but they were warned.”

 
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