Bristol City chief operating officer Mark Ashton has revealed that Chelsea have a list of clubs that they refuse to do business with.
Speaking to The Bristol Post regarding the loan move for Tammy Abraham, Ashton revealed that the club almost missed out on snapping up the youngster due to Antonio Conte’s arrival at Stamford Bridge and his immediate liking for the striker.
While the Championship outfit eventually got their man having needed to replace Jonathan Kodjia who signed for Aston Villa last month, Ashton has let slip a little detail that will be of interest to Chelsea fans and their rivals.
“They had tried these arrangements with English clubs before and, in their words, they hadn’t worked. They gave me a list of clubs they would not do business with,” he told the Bristol Post.
“I asked them to give us Tammy for the season and then judge us on what we do, not what we say. I told them we would show them what we could do and then build a long-term relationship.
“We then did the deal with Chelsea and sorted all of the finances, which were far from straightforward. Then we had to wait for Mr Conte.”
With 38 players in total out on loan currently, the Blues clearly aren’t that picky when it comes to sending their youngsters out, although their favouritism for certain clubs is evident. However, it would certainly be interesting to find out which of these clubs that they are no longer willing to do business with are having been left less than impressed with previous dealings.