Former Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo has revealed that the Blues could have missed out on talented players like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and many more.
According to him, a former Chelsea manager wanted club owner Roman Abramovich to drop the idea of an Academy.
Michael Emenalo made this revelation during his exclusive interview with the Telegraph as he said that he fought really hard for the Chelsea Academy.
He was the former sporting director at Chelsea until last year when the former Super Eagles of Nigeria player left the role.
Michael Emenalo took the role at French Ligue 1 giants AS Monaco some days later.
The Chelsea Academy has served the West London giants well this season with the aforementioned players churning out impressive performances for the Blues in competitions like the Premier League, the Champions League and the Carabao Cup.
Michael Emenalo didn’t reveal the identity of the former Chelsea manager that kicked against the idea of an Academy.
The likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori have performed well for Chelsea this season to make up for the transfer ban currently imposed on the Blues by world football’s governing body FIFA for violating rules relating to the signing of underage players.