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Mauricio Pochettino defends Chelsea’s £1bn transfer spree

Mauricio Pochettino has been discussing Chelsea’s heavy spending.

Chelsea have signed record-breakers Moises Caicedo and Enzo Fernandez in the last few months, along with big-name players like Mykhailo Mudryk, Romeo Lavia and Christopher Nkunku.

This has taken the Blues’ spending under Todd Boehly to over £1bn in the space of one year.

But Pochettino has defended that sum by pointing to Chelsea’s overall net spend:

“I think we need to explain the reality in the same way we sign players, we sell players. It is more about net spending than really the money you spend because that’s the balance the club is now trying to get.

“We are sporting professionals who advise them and give vision but, of course, it is up to them.

“This is a very special situation for the club from the beginning but, for sure, the club won’t keep doing for years what they have done in the past.

“We are in a good way and we need to recover our injured players and those who have arrived late to show good form.

“We are working really hard to try to be at our best. For sure, with time, it is a matter of time but we have the quality and we are going to perform the way people expect from us.”

Cole Palmer, a £40m addition from Manchester City, was Chelsea’s final bit of business this summer and Pochettino has also spoken out him: “We need to be careful with the young guys because they need time to settle. He is from Manchester and is going to move to London.

“London is different, the club is different, the culture is different. He needs to first of all, before he starts to perform, settle and feel his space.

“We are not going to put pressure on him to perform. He needs to be happy and calm and find space in this team.”

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