Make this kids’ play, Ro­man tells AVB

CHELSEA v FUL­HAM

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CHELSEA owner Ro­man Abramovich has told boss An­dre Vil­las-Boas to play the kids in the Car­ling Cup – even if it means miss­ing out on the first tro­phy of the sea­son.

Vil­las-Boas was part of Jose Mour­inho’s coach­ing staff when Chelsea won the tro­phy in 2005 by field­ing strong sides.

But Abramovich has or­dered AVB to pro­mote the kids he has shelled out mil­lions for over the sum­mer – Romelu Lukaku and Oriel Romeu.

Vil­las-Boas said: “Un­der Jose there was an ag­gres­sive ap­proach to win­ning the first tro­phy avail­able. This is a dif­fer­ent ap­proach.

“It is a change in the club’s phi­los­o­phy – a de­ci­sion the owner has made – be­cause he wants to pro­mote tal­ent.

Tal­ents

“The Car­ling Cup is an op­por­tu­nity for us to put our best young tal­ents across and give them ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Lukaku, Romeu and mid­field star Josh McEachran will get their first starts of the sea­son.

Steve Sid­well has no hard feel­ings to­wards Chelsea – de­spite see­ing his ca­reer there fail to get off the ground.

The mid­fielder joined the Blues from Read­ing in May 2007 but made just SEVEN Premier League starts be­fore be­ing sold to As­ton Villa.

Sid­well said: “Go­ing to a su­per­star place like Chelsea was an eye­opener but I loved ev­ery minute of it.”

SIGN­ING: Lukaku

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