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Mourinho keeps quiet on Dyke plans

Published 03/04/2015

Jose Mourinho, pictured, was relaxed over Greg Dyke's plans on home-grown players
Jose Mourinho, pictured, was relaxed over Greg Dyke's plans on home-grown players

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho refused to be drawn into the debate over Football Association chairman Greg Dyke's plans to boost home-grown players, insisting he is happy to do as he is told.

Dyke wants to increase the minimum number of home-grown players in club squads from eight to 12, but he is facing opposition from the Premier League.

The proposals also include changing the rules so that "home-grown" means having trained in England for three years before the age of 18 rather than before 21.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger questioned the proposals on Thursday, but Mourinho said he will just adapt to whatever rules are put in place.

"I don't think. I just work with the rules that are presented to me. I have no power, my opinion is not important," Mourinho said.

"My opinion doesn't change the decision. The decision power is not in my hands. I just have to work with it."

Only 36.8 per cent (81 out of 220) of Premier League starters in the last round of matches were eligible for England selection.

It is figures like this that Dyke is keen to overhaul, but Wenger questioned whether quotas was the right way to go, saying: ''I believe we are in a top-level competition and you earn your right through the quality of your performance rather than your place of birth."

One reason for Mourinho's more casual approach could be the fact Chelsea had 19 players on England youth duty during the international break, which was more than any other club.

Given those statistics Chelsea would appear to be well placed if and when these further restrictions are imposed.

"In this moment I need to work with eight English players in my squad and I do that. If one day somebody tells me it's 10 or 12 or five or four, I adapt to the rules," Mourinho added.

"It's a bit like Financial Fair Play. I don't have to agree or disagree. I just have to work with the rules."

West Brom boss Tony Pulis was more inclined to agree with Wenger, stressing places should be handed out on merit alone.

"If they're not good enough they shouldn't be in the squad. That's my argument," he said.

"If you're talking about stopping top foreign players coming into the country, that's not the way.

"Bringing the top players to play and work with the top players in England should aspire them to become better players themselves."

Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat agreed with the idea in principle but admitted to being somewhat confused by the situation, given the number of quality English players already doing well in the Premier League.

"I was wondering when I saw that. It's a good idea, but how many good young players has England at the moment? A lot, in my opinion, and they are all playing in the first team - Sterling, Kane, Barkley, I can go on," he said.

"I don't know where the complaint is because they have still an excellent side."

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