Jose Mourinho offers to aid FA but admits English kids are hard to sign - Premier League - Football - The Independent

Jose Mourinho offers to aid FA but admits English kids are hard to sign

Chelsea manager gives view on the national debate as his club return to league duty

Chief Football Correspondent

The new version of Jose Mourinho that returned to Chelsea in June for Part II of his adventure in English football is, we are told, older, calmer and keen to play his part as an elder statesman of the game – and so it was he offered his services to the Football Association yesterday.

Not, as the governing body once hoped, as manager of the England team, but as a potential star witness for Greg Dyke’s commission that will try to unite the national game to produce sufficient good young English footballers to keep the national side respectable.

The pledge to help England in his capacity as manager of one of the country’s leading clubs was one Mourinho made in the summer but this was him putting his money where his mouth was. To the extent that he refused to discuss any detail of his thoughts on the topic, but would save them for a “private discussion” with the FA chairman.

Mourinho is in the unusual position of having a major personal stake at both ends of the great youth development supply-line. He is manager of a club that was one of the architects of the Elite Player Performance Plan which has revolutionised academies and has spent more on its youth programme than any other. And he is also the father of 14-year-old goalkeeper Jose junior, recently signed to Fulham’s academy.

Asked about the England team’s future, Mourinho said that he “cared”. “I want my players to be selected and give everything for the national team. I never tell a player with a small injury to stay and forget his national team. When the phone rings and it’s the national side I take the call with pleasure. I want to help and support the academy to bring English players to the top. I care a lot.

“The only match I want England to lose is when they play Portugal. We have three players in the England team at the moment but if I could have four, five, six Chelsea players in the England team I would be happy. I would be more than happy to talk to Greg Dyke.”

Of course, with Mourinho there is always the background strategy and at the moment it suits him to be the all-conquering coach back from his European adventures solemnly promising to respect all aspects of the English game. When it came to how few English players were bought and sold this summer, he had an interesting story to tell.

“Financially the situation is not so simple. I like a young player, a young English player. The market is closed but I asked the question [how much his club valued him at] to position myself. I am speaking about a very young player and in the market [valuation by his club] it is like he has 50 caps when he has none. The price for English players is very high. The market is very difficult.”

Luke Shaw? Tom Ince? Will Hughes? Mourinho would not divulge the identity of the Englishman in question but no doubt the player’s club are aware of who he is talking about. As for the bigger picture, Mourinho felt it had more to do with the healthy financial situation of many Premier League clubs who – as opposed to Spain (outside the big two) and Portugal – did not need to sell.

Demba Ba was regarded as surplus to requirements at Chelsea Chelsea would like to have offloaded Demba Ba during the summer  

He takes Chelsea to Goodison Park today for the 5.30pm kick-off having not played a Premier League game for nearly three weeks but with a squad that is now fully fit. Even Tomas Kalas, who fractured his fibula, is expected back in training after the weekend. Nevertheless Chelsea’s window did fall a little flat, having initially promised to pursue what would have been one of the transfers of the decade.

There was no Wayne Rooney, and the late addition of Samuel Eto’o, who is in the squad today, also necessitated the shipping out of Romelu Lukaku on loan, rather than Demba Ba, whom Chelsea would like to have offloaded. Arsenal would not pay the loan fee for Ba, however.

“The kid wants to play every weekend,” Mourinho said of Lukaku. “I don’t know if Roberto [Martinez] promised him that but he’s more keen on that than competing with other big players every week. He’s a great kid and that’s why we didn’t want to sell him.”

Romelu Lukaku was sent on loan to Everton after the purchase of Samuel Eto’o, but will not play on Saturday Romelu Lukaku was sent on loan to Everton after the purchase of Samuel Eto’o, but will not play on Saturday  

That said, Chelsea’s trading lacked a marquee name. Although Mourinho proclaimed Tottenham, with their seven signings, the “kings of the transfer window” it was Arsenal who snared the biggest name, paying Real Madrid £42m for Mesut Ozil. So far Mourinho has been polite about his old enemy but he bridled at the suggestion that Arsenal have only just started spending money.

“I arrived in 2004 but I think when they [Arsenal] had Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Marc Overmars they spent some money. Probably not £40m because times change – Mesut is good for them. I thought they were title contenders when the season started. I always liked their players. [Theo] Walcott is not a 17-year-old boy any more. [Jack] Wilshere is a starter for England. [Santi] Cazorla is a world champion. We are not talking about the young team we played in the Carling Cup final [in 2007].”

Ideally, Mourinho said, he would not have to sign or sell anyone come January, although you expect that  is one pledge he may well be  reneging on.

Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape
music
News
Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
newsWho are the people in this photo? It took Elizabeth Stringer Keefe 13 years to find out
Voices
Yes supporters gather outside the Usher Hall, which is hosting a Night for Scotland in Edinburgh
voicesBen Judah: Is there a third option for England and Scotland that keeps everyone happy?
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
filmMatt Damon in talks to return
News
peopleThe report and photo dedicated to the actress’s decolletage has, unsurprisingly, provoked anger
Arts and Entertainment
Evil eye: Douglas Adams in 'mad genius' pose
booksNew biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Life and Style
tech... and together they're worth at least £100 million
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'
filmsDaniel Craig is believed to be donning skies as 007 for the first time
Arts and Entertainment
Fringe show: 'Cilla', with Sheridan Smith in the title role and Aneurin Barnard as her future husband Bobby Willis
tvEllen E Jones on ITV's 'Cilla'
Life and Style
Bono and Apple CEO Tim Cook announced U2's surprise new album at the iPhone 6 launch
tech(but you can't escape: Bono is always on your iPhone)
Sport
Tim Wiese
sport
Life and Style
Kim Kardashian drawn backlash over her sexy swimsuit selfie, called 'disgusting' and 'nasty'
fashionCritics say magazine only pays attention to fashion trends among rich, white women
Arts and Entertainment
TVShows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Arts and Entertainment
Hit the roof: hot-tub cinema east London
architectureFrom pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week