Chelsea must ignore links with Angel Di Maria to avoid stunting youth players' progression

Despite Roman Abramovich’s vast spending during his first ten years as owner, the recent lack of funds from the Russian has caused Chelsea to change tack.

There has been a noticeable shift in the emphasis towards giving youth team players an opportunity.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek has seen a few opportunities, and Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ethan Ampadu have fans excited.

Even players like Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori who are out on loan are on the fringes of the first team.

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With all that promise then, Chelsea fans should be worried with reports linking them with Angel Di Maria.

Although Manchester United are favourites to sign him, Chelsea are one of the few teams who can afford his salary.

Di Maria is seeking an exit from Paris Saint-Germain because he wants a new deal.

The Argentina midfielder is looking for £200,000 a week, but PSG are unwilling to pay him.

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He’s keen for a move back to the Premier League – he previously played for Manchester United – but Chelsea should steer clear.

Obviously Di Maria is a talented player, but Chelsea’s focus should be on developing the promising youth they have.

Signing Di Maria would fill a spot that a young player could be playing in, and therefore stunt their growth.

Chelsea fans have long been calling for young players to play more, and signing Di Maria would go against this.