Anfield

Next Game

Liverpool v Chelsea

Sunday, 27 April 2014, 14:05

Barclays Prem

Vicente Calderon

Last Game

A Madrid 0 - 0 Chelsea

Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 19:45

Champions League Semi-Final

Cork: Not bitter over Blues

Jack Cork relishes the experience he gained with former club Chelsea and reveals he understands their reluctance to develop young talent.

Last Updated: 30/03/13 at 14:14 Post Comment

Jack Cork: Admits he understands Chelsea's reluctance to blood young talent

Jack Cork: Admits he understands Chelsea's reluctance to blood young talent

The 23-year-old, who joined the Blues aged nine, joined six different clubs on loan before permanently leaving west London for Southampton two years ago.

And, while Cork will line up against his former club on Saturday for the Premier League game at St Mary's, the Saints midfielder has reacted to comments that Blues' former chief scout and director of youth development, Frank Arnesen, has accused Chelsea of failing to give youngsters a chance.

"We had quite a good team, especially when Frank was there and Brendan Rodgers was doing the youth and reserve teams," Cork said.

"We had a good set of young players that have all gone onto play quite a high standard now so it would have been interesting to see where they would be if they had been given a chance.

"But at the same time, that was a time when Chelsea were doing really well in every competition they were involved in so I can understand why nobody was really given a chance."

Middlesbrough midfielder Josh McEachran admitted earlier this week that his career had stalled after leaving Stamford Bridge, before his season-long loan move to the Championship side.

"You could say Josh is in the same position I was in and is playing his games," Cork said.

"It is frustrating when you're at a club like that and hope to play for them and you sort of wish you would be there.

"In reality, it is always going to be hard with the managers coming in and changing. There is always a lot of pressure on them so it is always going to be hard to blood in the youngsters.

"I can understand what Josh is saying, but you get some great experiences being around some of the best players in the world."

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Champions League: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hails Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti hailed the 'sacrifices' made by Cristiano Ronaldo in the 1-0 win over Bayern Munich.

Hugo Lloris says Tottenham can't get any worse after torrid campaign

Hugo Lloris admits it will be difficult for Spurs to be any worse next season following a torrid league campaign.

Champions League: Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola proud despite Real Madrid loss

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola was proud of his side's performance, despite their 1-0 first-leg defeat to Real Madrid.

Mail Box

Of Course People Remember How You Won

Some have said that it doesn't matter how Chelsea played as long as they won, but is that true? Plus, we've found the one chap who enjoyed Tuesday's game...

Chelsea Got A Result, What's The Problem?

There is plenty of 'that's 90 minutes I'll never get back' sentiment about Chelsea's 'performance' in Madrid, but at least one person thinks they did what was required...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property