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Gaël Kakuta's talent shone so bright for Lens that Chelsea recklessly engaged in a - 06/14/2013
Gaël Kakuta's talent shone so bright for Lens that Chelsea recklessly engaged in a recruiting process, which gave the footballing public an insight into the dodgy business of tapping up youngsters. Several years later, Kakuta hasn't developed into the superstar the Blues expected him to become. He rose to infamy when he was caught in the middle of a bitter transfer dispute between Lens and Chelsea. "Chelsea took him even without international clearance," said then Lens general manager François Collado to The Telegraph. "I explained the FIFA rules to Peter Kenyon and told him: 'You're risking a fine and a transfer ban'." Chelsea underestimated how much influence then French Football Federation president Jean-Pierre Escalettes wielded. He was disgusted with the anecdote Collado gave him when the Blues attempted to short-change Lens, a club with no financial muscle. "Chelsea said take this and shut up," recounted Collado to Matt Lawton and Simon Cass at The Daily Mail. "I rejected it and said 'watch out gentleman'." Failing to heed to Collado's warning—Kenyon probably thought it was an empty threat—Chelsea stood firm on their position as Kakuta had been a Blues player for two years. Hi-res-56441023_crop_exact Getty Images/Getty Images On September 2009, the FIFA DRC fined Kakuta €780,000, suspended him for four months, ordered the Blues to pay Lens €130,000 in compensation and revoked the London-based club's right to register a player for two transfer windows. "We had ...



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