Ferreira first to follow the Mourinho route

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As Paulo Ferreira becomes the first player to follow Jose Mourinho from Porto to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Portugal, Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon has warned that the club will no longer pay over the odds for players.

As Paulo Ferreira becomes the first player to follow Jose Mourinho from Porto to Stamford Bridge, according to reports in Portugal, Chelsea's chief executive Peter Kenyon has warned that the club will no longer pay over the odds for players.

Jorge Pinto da Costa, president of the Champions' League winners, was quoted as saying that the 25-year-old Portuguese international defender will soon join Mourinho, who was named Chelsea manager on Wednesday.

"I can confirm that Paulo Ferreira is leaving, though there are still a few details to iron out," Pinto said. He made his comments on Friday night during a ceremony to mark his re-election as president. He did not reveal how much Chelsea would be expected to pay, but the fee is reported to be in the region of £13m.

In a clear repudiation of Chelsea's previous transfer dealings, Kenyon said that under the new manager, "it's fair to say we will be more selective with the players we bring in. We will be more aware about the amounts we pay for those players and our overall wage structure will be in place. The minute Chelsea's name is in the frame, people hear the cash tills ringing. Even if we're not in a deal, people put us there to create a market."

Kenyon went on: "Jose's made it quite clear that he'd like a squad size of 24, which I think is what most European clubs would want. If we brought in a fraction of the players we're linked with, we'd have over 100. But nobody is bigger than the club, all the top clubs have that approach. There comes a point where we want players who want to play for us, not ones worried about how much it will pay them."

He added of Mourinho: "He's very different. Every top manager has got some unique characteristics. I don't believe he's arrogant. He's self-assured but that comes from his professional approach, his attention to detail and the plans he puts in place. He's got an incredible work ethic. I think he has good charisma and the players will respond to his methods."

Kenyon added that Roman Abramovich was fully involved in appointing the new manager. "He fully supports the plans of Chelsea becoming a top European club and understands the time that takes, that it's not just about having money but also building success, about building youth, not just getting in the stars."

Lower down the food chain, another manager has a new job, Brian Tinnion being named Bristol City player-manager following Danny Wilson's sacking. The midfielder, who has been at the club for 11 years, has signed a three-year deal.

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