Premier League football clubs may not feel it is as beneficial to loan promising youth to lower league teams as there is now a platform in place where they can gain experience whilst staying at their parent clubs. That is the view of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho who believes the 'competitive calendar' has evolved to such an extent that academy players could end up featuring in 50 matches per season.
'In my time in England before the competitive calendar was not like this,' a surprised Mourinho is quoted to have said by chelseafc.com. 'Now when I was asking about the Under-21s I saw a real calendar, so if [Islam] Feruz and [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek and [Andreas] Christensen and all these guys stay at Chelsea they will have the Youth Champions League, the Under-21s league, the FA Youth Cup, the youth league [rather than go out on loan].
'I was talking with Michael Emenalo [technical director] and Neil Bath [academy manager] about this and the players will have around 50 matches.
'It was not like this in my time before so I am very curious about the competition now in England,' the Special One concluded.
Meanwhile, defensive-minded Brazilian phenom Wallace Oliveria dos Santos, 19, is reportedly on the cusp of joining Internazionale on loan. This, after signing for Chelsea in a £5m deal last winter.