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Leeds boss Grayson takes fresh aim at Chelsea over academy raids

With his Leeds United to face Liverpool in the Carling Cup tonight, manager Simon Grayson again spoke of the club's academy being raided by big Premiership rivals.

"They regard it as a numbers game," the manager said, referring to the predators of the Barclays Premier League. "They take 20 kids and, if they're lucky, one might make it. The players are ambitious, but go to Chelsea or Manchester City and how many will ever get a sniff of a chance?

"We have scholars here and you have to look after the ones who don't make it. I don't know how many other clubs give them the respect they deserve and a lot probably think it's not their department any more. But we've had players finish through injury and we've kept them on until they have got fit or finished courses because that's the human thing to do."

"I've no problem with players moving on if the clubs agree a fee," Grayson said. "But if clubs go about it the wrong way, they should be hit with losing points. Getting fined a million for three kids doesn't hurt because they've hundreds of millions. Chelsea will find the transfer embargo is a massive negative, but I'm sure they'll appeal and get it reduced."

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