Chelsea seem poised to continue sending their best youngsters out on loan next season despite Jose Mourinho’s suggestions that he will look to bring through talent at Stamford Bridge.
While their senior compatriots were winning the Premier League and League Cup double last season, Chelsea’s youngsters were triumphing in the UEFA Youth League.
But that doesn’t appear to have been enough to persuade Mourinho that the stars of that success are ready for first-team action in the 2015-16 campaign.
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The Sun reports that Jeremie Boga, 18, and Andreas Christiansen, 19, will be sent out on loan to France and Germany respectively. The Londoners are also looking for a top Bundesliga club for Nathan Ake, 20.
And 18-year-old Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, for whom the English champions finally obtained a work permit earlier this month, will also be shipped out for another year away.
Chelsea, who had over 30 players out on loan during the second half of last season, have the best young players in Europe and yet are too short-termist to give them the opportunity to prove themselves.
Christian Atsu, one of the stars of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, has already been sent to Bournemouth for next term. The winger has yet to play for the Blues since joining from Porto in 2013.
Chelsea have lost the likes of Kevin de Bruyne and Ryan Bertrand in recent years after restricting their first-team chances. They risk letting other gems slip through their fingers if they do not change their transfer policy.