Schuster: Mourinho doesn't care about youth

Former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster has claimed that Jose Mourinho has turned a blind eye to youth development at the club.

The Spanish champions are currently enduring an injury crisis at left-back, but the Portuguese coach has elected to use Michael Essien as a makeshift defender, rather than Nacho, an academy graduate.

The German trainer believes that Mourinho’s recent selections show he is indifferent to bringing through youngsters amid rumours of a rift between the former Chelsea boss and Alberto Toril, the Castilla coach.

“He has done the least amount for the youth team and he won’t do any more, as he is not interested,” Schuster told ABC Punto Radio.

“He only wants to win and he is not interested in bringing a youth player into the senior team and succeeding with that. He only wants personal success, and the more titles won in the shortest time possible the better.

“If we took a list of players that I debuted then we would not finish. I do not know why they asked Toril about this. That’s where the matter started. At Madrid things are very clear.

“There is the first team and few things come after it. Mourinho’s the boss and he decides if a player comes in or doesn’t come in, and where each one plays.”

However, Schuster did go onto praise the position that Mourinho has created for himself at the Bernabeu, which sees him take complete control over all affairs.

“He is the first coach who has been able to be in charge where he has to be, not only in the team, he is the boss of all of it. He handles things as he likes.

“I think it’s good. He has had a lot of success, and he will bring that to Madrid, where they are just missing the Champions League. This year they’re going for it even more.”

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