Chelsea acted properly in Kakuta deal, insists scout

CHELSEA&rsquo;S French scout has defended the club&rsquo;s conduct in the controversial signing of youngster Gael Kakuta.<br /><br />The Blues were this month banned from signing players until 2011 after Kakuta&rsquo;s former club Lens complained to governing body Fifa that the Premier League club had induced him to break his contract. <br /><br />But Guy Hillion, who spotted and helped recruit Kakuta in 2007, insists the player&rsquo;s mother had unwittingly misled Chelsea about the midfielder&rsquo;s ties to Lens.<br /><br />&ldquo;When we started to talk about a possible move to Chelsea, we asked her if she ever signed anything with Lens,&rdquo; said Hillion. <br /><br />&ldquo;She promised she had signed nothing, nothing at all. Six months later, sorting out her papers, she found a pre-contract. She didn&rsquo;t even know what it was.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Blues are appealing Fifa&rsquo;s verdict and hope to overturn the ban.<br /><br />Midfield duo Joe Cole and Yuri Zhirkov, meanwhile, are set to make their first starts of the season in tonight&rsquo;s Carling Cup clash with QPR.<br /><br />England star Cole has been out since January with knee ligament damage while &pound;18m summer signing Zhirkov has also suffered with the same joint.