‘Envy isn’t a good quality’: Graham Potter insists opposition digs over spending don’t bother him and boasts ‘most managers would love to be in my position’ after Chelsea’s record-spending under Todd Boehly
- Graham Potter insists comments about Chelsea’s spending don’t worry him
- The Blues manager has backed the club’s transfer policy after record-spending
- Chelsea splashed out over £300m on January transfers after recent struggles
Graham Potter has spoken out on Chelsea’s record-breaking spending under cash-happy American owner Todd Boehly and insists opposition comments about the club’s activity from opposition managers doesn’t bother him.
The Englishman has previously maintained an open and honest approach when dealing with the media and appears keen to address questions over Chelsea’s transfer activity.
The struggling Blues spent over £320m in the January transfer window, making their total spend under Boehly since his summer takeover push in excess of £600m.
Despite being 9th in the Premier League standings amid a season of struggles, a seemingly confident Potter told Chelsea’s official website: ‘We’ve spent the money we’ve spent. The media aren’t going to let that go under the radar.
‘All of football will be singing that song, that’s for sure. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. There’s free speech, which is good. I don’t worry about that.
Graham Potter has spoken out against recent comments made about Chelsea’s spending
Chelsea owner Todd Boehly has spent over £600m on new players since purchasing the club in the summer
‘Envy isn’t a good quality to have. I’ve never been envious of anybody. I’ve tried to work and do the best I can in the circumstances I have.
‘You’re best to compare to yourself rather than somebody else because you don’t know the context or the situation. I also understand that’s the world we’re in, and that’s fine by me.
‘Most managers would love to be in my position,’ he added.
Chelsea’s recruitment strategy under the watch of their new owner has seen the club bring in a series of highly sought after talents, but have had to pay a premium to land their targets.
Argentina World Cup winning midfielder Enzo Fernandez’s £107m arrival from Benfica broke the English transfer record, while Mykhailo Mudryk’s transfer to the Premier League side cost them a further £88m.
However, Potters position as first-team boss has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks with Chelsea enduring one of their worst top-flight seasons on record.
Chelsea have splashed the cash on new recruits with Enzo Fernandez (right) joining for £017m after Mykhailo Mudryk (left) arrived from Ukraine in an £88m deal
Potter’s position at the club has come under increasing scrutiny after a difficult run of results
The Blues lost five out of a possible seven games in January as they were eliminated from the FA Cup and dropped down the league table.
Recent draws against Liverpool and Fulham have marginally steadied the ship with Chelsea now preparing for a London derby trip to West Ham on Saturday.
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