Chelsea Boss Says Money-Hungry Footballers Should be More Like Lampard And Terry

Blues boss slams modern footballers and condemns social media use.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says modern footballers are more interested in making money than succeeding in the game.

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The 50-year-old slammed young players and their agents for seeking top dollar before achieving success on the pitch.

“What I feel is that before, players were trying to make money during their career, be rich at the end of their career. But in this moment, the people who surround them try to make them rich when they sign their first contract, when they didn’t play one single match in the Premier League, when they don’t know what it is to play in the Champions League”, the Portuguese manager complained to men’s magazine Esquire.

“Lots of times at Real Madrid, the players would be queuing in front of the mirror before the game while the referee waited for them in the tunnel,” he added.

Mourinho said young players should try to emulate Blues legends Frank Lampard and John Terry. The duo have been the cornerstone of Chelsea’s success under both Mourinho and Roman Abramovich’s other head-coaches.

“So we are working hard to give the best orientation to young players, to follow examples of guys from the past – the Lampards, the Terrys –who were always fanatical for victories,” Mourinho added

The Blues manager said that the issue was a reflection “of how society is now” and also hit out at players’ use of social media.

“How can I stop my players on the bus doing, er, what do you call?? Twitters and these things? How can I stop them if my daughter and my son do the same?”

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