Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has stressed that the club will not abandon their faith in youth players after their two-window transfer ban was halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The Blues are now free to bring new players to Stamford Bridge, and it’s expected that Chelsea will prioritise bringing in a new left-back.
But Lampard has insisted that Chelsea won’t revert back to their chopping and changing transfer policy, stressing that the club will continue with their development of young players.
“[Fans] won’t lose that feeling for the young players because they’re here to stay,” Lampard said, quoted by Goal. “And the young players beneath that, if they train well enough and show enough then they’ll get their opportunities too.
“I don’t think there’s any problem with that. If we’re going to try [to make signings] it will be for the improvement of the squad – but if you think we’re going to line up Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James and sell them, we’re not.
“They’re here to stay so the fans will be happy that they can keep that relationship and know that anything we do going forward now will be to try and improve from that base.
Chelsea’s transfer kitty is rumoured to be around the £150m mark, with Jadon Sancho, Ben Chilwell and Wilfried Zaha among a number of players already linked with a move to west London. But Lampard insists that he will only look to bring in players with who match his values, insisting that the long-term progression of the club remains the most important thing.
He added: “[We need to consider] the attitude and personality of people we bring in, because we want people who come in to want to work hard and be successful at the club. So that’s where the balance of it becomes really important to me.
“At the moment we have managed to utilise a lot of hard work that has gone into the academy over the last 15 or so years and that’s great to see that coming through in one go. That’s changed our picture slightly but we still want to improve if the opportunities are there.”