New FIFA rule could be a hammer blow to Chelsea

Date published: Friday 14th September 2018 7:14

FIFA are set to introduce a new law which will limit the number of players clubs can send out on loan, according to reports.

As part of the proposals, clubs will only be allowed to loan out up to eight players at a time. This would have a major impact on clubs like Chelsea, who are known for their business model of sending dozens of players out on loan. This season, they have sent 40 players out to temporary locations, including Michy Batshuayi (Valencia), Kurt Zouma (Everton) and Tiemoue Bakayoko (AC Milan).

The reports have originated from German publication SportBild, and have since been reiterated by Sky Sports.

The new ruling will not apply to players under the age of 21, however. Bild claim: “Talents under the age of 21 who have been trained by their home club and have been under contract there for an extended period of time may continue to be borrowed in unlimited numbers to further their development by collecting match practice elsewhere.”

 

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