Super agent Jonathan Barnett has praised Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for the impact he has had on the Premier League since his arrival in 2003.
The Russian-Israeli businessman and politician has pumped hundreds of millions into the club following his purchase from Ken Bates, which might have saved the league.
Barnett believes that the 54-year-old helped turn around the financial worries in English football, going on to say he was one of the best things to happen to league.
He goes on to slam the potential introduction of salary caps in the Championship, warning that they would put off buyers and dramatically reduce the quality of the second tier.
Barnett told the Mirror of the Chelsea chief: “Abramovich has done a great job.
“When he came in, Chelsea were going broke, the league was struggling, he put money into Chelsea, gave money to other clubs and transformed the game and you could have the same in the Championship but for these rules.
“Abramovich was the best thing to ever happen to the Premier League, it’s now the best league in the world and yet it’s a terrible trait in England that we build things up to knock them down.”
The agent of Gareth Bale and Jack Grealish then added: “Brexit is the biggest threat to English football.
“Look at Wolves, they’ve been so successful and yet would they get in now?
“There’s players who could have saved West Brom but they can’t get work permits. I truly believe European players have helped British players so much.
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“I remember when Patrick Vieira came into Arsenal, I was sitting with John Hartson who was my client while Vieira was sitting with some people and he ordered a salad and water.
“I’m not going to say what John had… I said: 'Look at him…’ John said: ‘I know it’s disgusting – I’ll have a word!’
“I’m telling you – the young British players are the best of my lifetime and that’s because they’ve been brought up and learned from the best. If you reduce the standard, you damage other players.”
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