‘I don’t envy them’ – Mourinho compares Spurs transfer spending to ex-club Chelsea

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach, Jose Mourinho commented on the spending of his former club Chelsea today in the first press conference of the new season.

Mourinho spent two stints as Chelsea manager before he joined fierce London rivals Spurs, however, he claims that he does not envy his former club’s summer spending.

Chelsea have well and truly splashed the cash this transfer window, introducing six new senior signings to the squad.

Frank Lampard has seen around £200m spent this summer alone on the likes of Kai Havertz (£72m), Timo Werner (£47.7m), Ben Chilwell (£45.18m), Hakim Ziyech (£36m), Malang Sarr (Free), and Thiago Silva (Free).

Meanwhile, Tottenham have managed to pull off the signings of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£15m), Joe Hart on a free, and Matt Doherty (£15m). The North Londoners have also sold Kyle Walker-Peters for £12m (Daily Mail).

Despite the contrast in transfer activity, Mourinho assured journalists that he is happy with his own squad and does not envy the Blues.

He said (Football London): “Good for them. If the clubs can do it, and if that’s their priority and if there’s no financial fair play for some clubs and they have the opportunity to do it, good for them. Honestly, I don’t envy them.

“They are what they are, they do what they do. To be honest, also, I’m so happy with the squad I have. That fact that we managed to improve it with Joe, Doherty and Hojbjerg makes me even happier with the squad that we have, but doing little final touch that I believe we’re going to do, I’d be more than happy to face the season, even the non-human month we have ahead of us. I’m optimistic.”

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