Chelsea scout frustrated at failure to sign Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi

Blues man has struggled to recruit from France

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Roman Abramovich's personal talent scout, Piet de Visser, has lamented his inability to sign any of France's recent brightest talents.

Chelsea have recruited some of the world's most exciting youngsters over recent seasons, but de Visser remains disappointed by their success in France.

"I am still sick we never got the best young midfielders out of France. France is producing wonderful players," he said.

“Their midfielders are real gems. I tried so hard to recruit Yohan Cabaye, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi. We did not succeed. I have known those players from when they were young boys.

“They could now prove to be the best midfielders in the world and guide France to the World Cup."


However the 79-year-old thinks that Chelsea will continue to have success recruiting from Brazil.

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"When I’m in Brazil, I watch more than the World Cup matches. I watch loads of games in one day. I go to the favelas, to small neighbourhoods to see the real gems. I found Oscar at the age of 15. This World Cup could be his big moment.

“I found David Luiz playing in Brazil’s Third Division. Everyone told me that he was not good enough, but I kept believing in him.

“It was via Benfica, but he finally did land at Chelsea. He is one of my favourite players. He will still get better.

“And it was in a similar way that I found Ramires.”