Chelsea lure kids with cash?

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Chelsea's foreign young players earn more money than their local boys, according to former Stamford Bridge rookie Phil Younghusband.

The Blues' desperation to get French teenager Gaël Kakuta on the books by co-ercing the player into breaking his contract at Lens, has backfired with the West London club banned from signing players until January 2011.

And the 22-year-old Younghusband, who was released last year having been with Chelsea since the age of nine, believes the transfer ban was on the cards.

He told the News of the World: "When I heard the news of Chelsea's punishment, it didn't surprise me.

"As first-year pros, the English lads in the squad earned £200 a week, whereas the foreign lads coming into the set-up were on £2,000 a month.

"But to entice the best foreign youngsters, you need to lure them in and offer them something they can't refuse - after all they are on their own away from home.

"This did create talk among the English lads, obviously, because we knew there was a big difference in the pay but we accepted it.

"It was something we spoke about amongst ourselves but it never affected us on the pitch or caused cliques."

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