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Mourinho: Chelsea, Not City, Respects Financial Fair Play

  • ESPN FC, Tuesday, February 11, 2014 3:50 PM

Jose Mourinho responded to Manuel Pellegrini’s jibe that Chelsea is a ‘rich horse’ in the Premier League title race by accusing his club Manchester City of spending money on players without regard to UEFA’s financial fair play rules, which are set to go into effect on July 1. The rules allow clubs to operate at a maximum loss of 45 million euros ($61.4 million) over three seasons. Any club that runs afoul of that total risks being eventually banned from UEFA competitions, including the Champions League.

“I think [Pellegrini is] a fantastic coach, and I respect that a lot, and on top of that, outside his soccer career, he's an engineer by qualification,” Mourinho said. “I don't think an engineer needs a calculator to do [Juan] Mata 37 million pounds and [Kevin] De Bruyne 18 million pounds, so that's 55 million pounds. [Nemanja] Matic is 21 million pounds and [Mohamed] Salah is 11 million pounds. That's 32 million pounds, and 55 minus 32 is 23 -- so Chelsea, in this transfer window, generated 23 million pounds.”

He added: “It's easy to understand that this is working with financial fair play -- 'fair' financial fair play. There are no arguments against that. This is what we're doing. Others aren't doing the same.”

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