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Vitesse director Spors denies Chelsea 'satellite club' claims: I had to fight for Broja!

Vitesse sporting director Johannes Spors has denied that the Eredivisie outfit are Chelsea's "satellite club".

The Blues have sent 29 players to Arnhem over the past decade, including current star Mason Mount.

However, Spors insists Vitesse are not a feeder club for the Premier League giants.

"The owners know each other well; that's the starting point," Vitesse sporting director Johannes Spors told Goal. "That's where it comes from. Honestly, there's not so much more to it than that. We have good contact.

"I have good contact with (Chelsea's technical/performance advisor) Petr Cech, as I have known him for quite some time. We sometimes share thoughts, talk about football, their players and our players. There's good communication. Honestly, though, I have a lot of these kinds of conversations with other big clubs.

"It is just a good contact between the clubs. Everyone knows we are no satellite club, there are no contracts and these things have never happened. It is just a good conversation between the clubs and we, Vitesse, are very happy about that.

"It is good to have a big club like Chelsea to share thoughts with. I have been here for one year and the history of loan players is important. We have to still make sure that everyone is convinced that it is the right step."

Blues teenager Armando Broja is currently on loan at Vitesse, and Spors added that it was not easy to recruit the Albania international.

"I really had to fight for (Chelsea striker) Armando Broja, it was not like I wanted Armando and Chelsea said, 'Here you go!' No, I had to really convince him. If he said no, it is no! I had to convince Chelsea that we thought he was ready for that.

"It is a good relationship. Nothing happens because of the owners but it opens doors, let's say."

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