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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 October 2005, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Arnesen reveals his Blues mission
Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen
Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen says his primary task is to unearth the club's next generation of star talent.

The Dane revealed he is working closely with manager Jose Mourinho but not when it comes to first-team affairs.

"That's not my area," Arnesen told BBC Radio Five Live. "Jose and I talk about players and positions but the hot-shot negotiations are up to Peter Kenyon.

"Our target is to find an academy player and bring him through to the first team in two years' time."

Arnesen sees his role as working in tandem with that of Mourinho and chief executive Kenyon in finding the players necessary for the Premiership champion's squad.

Chelsea, with Roman Abramovich's fortune behind them, have been accused of buying in talent rather than nurturing it.

But Arnesen says his position as sporting director is vital to the long-term ambitions and development of the club.

"When Roman came here he wanted to quickly get the club up to a certain level," said Arnesen.

"That was step one but the next step is to go into the structure and that's why I'm here.

"Chelsea is taking this very seriously. We will not go out and spend money all the time. It has to be a combination of that and the players that I will go out and look for.

"And when I'm looking for players, I will ask the same questions as I did at PSV and Tottenham - 'are they good enough and is the price right?'"

Arnesen began his new role at Chelsea on 1 September after his controversial switch from Tottenham.

Chelsea were accused of making an illegal approach for Arnesen and had to pay an estimated 8m in compensation while Arnesen himself was suspended.

And, though he has only been at Stamford Bridge less than two months, the former Denmark international says he is already making progress.

I didn't know what I would find here but it's great
Chelsea sporting director Frank Arnesen

"I've been more involved in football in the last one-and-a-half months here than I have been in the entire year," said Arnesen.

"I have been given an opportunity by a club who are investing not only in players but also in the structure of the club in terms of scouting and development.

"It is different to my role at Tottenham and that is one of the reasons I took it.

"My job is 20-25% administration and the rest of the time I'm out looking for players.

"That is what I like - getting players to the club, seeing their development, watching them break into the first team and then into the national team.

"I didn't know what I would find here but it's great and for me Chelsea are one of the most exciting clubs in the world."

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