After the much talked about saga involving Gael Kakuta in 2009 in which the club received a global ban on transfers which was only lifted in February of this year.
It seems the blues have not learned their lesson and the focus of there attention on this occasion is Eredivisie side Feyenoord and their young starlet Nathan Ake. Chelsea have allegedly agreed to sign the 16 year old defender in February after Feyenoord had spent 4 years developing the youngster.
Feyenoord director Leo Beenhakker has promised to take Chelsea to task with FIFA. It is not just Chelsea though who have suffered in his negative outburst.
Beenhakker stated in an interview with Algemeen Dagblad. “What can you do? English clubs are the great white sharks of football. Arsenal, Man United, Chelsea, they’re all in the game.”
“We had a wonderful deal for Nathan, but the lad wanted only one thing: Chelsea. It’s game over for us.”
“Premier League clubs spoil the market with their behaviour. Other clubs in Europe aren’t doing these kind of things, but the English sides just don’t care.”
He added. “I’ve discussed this matter with Nathan and his parents. He told me that he really wanted to move to England and his parents were OK with his decision. I was impressed with Nathan’s determination at such a young age, but it’s bad news for Feyenoord; we can’t do anything about it if a foreign club comes up to sign one of our youngsters.”
Whether Chelsea have actually done anything that has broken rules is matter of conjecture, as during the Gael Kakuta saga it was claimed that if a player does not have a contract then how can he breach it.
Either way it seems Chelsea’s lawyers are going to be busy this festive period.
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