Chelsea coach explains how worrying loan restrictions will affect club’s youngster policy

Chelsea coach Christophe Lollichon has revealed that the Blues are worried about potential changes from FIFA regarding limitations on how many players clubs can send out on loan.

Football’s governing body changed regulations last week concerning how many players clubs can send out and get in on loan, should they be approved by their council.

Initially, the new FIFA rules are planning to reduce the amount to eight international loan deals involving players aged 22 or over per year.

But from the 2022-23 season, that could be reduced to six.

Mason Mount and Reece James both went out on loan after winning the FA Youth Cup before returning as first-team players
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Chelsea sent out a whopping 41 players on loan last season – that’s just three less than four full teams.

Their transfer ban this term has seen them limit that to just 28 this year, with a number of ex-loanees now a key part of Frank Lampard’s first-team squad.

15 of those deals are aged 15 or over though, and Lollichon, who focusses specifically with goalkeepers who are out on loan, has explained just how much of an impact the rule change will have on the club’s approach to loans.

Danny Drinkwater is currently on loan with Aston Villa from Chelsea
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“A hard blow? More than that,” Lollichon said. “For us, it’s a real preoccupation because unlike other clubs, Chelsea has an excessively professional view when it comes to loans.

“There’s eight of us working full-time in a team dedicated to that. Claude Makélélé, Tore André Flo, Paulo Ferreira… Every week, we have a file to fill out on each players loaned by Chelsea.

“We have two goalkeepers loaned out. I look at all their games, break down their performances and then they get the debrief.

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