Chelsea news: Loan structure faces drastic change as FIFA look to implement new law | Football | Sport


FIFA have confirmed there will be a clamp down on the number of players clubs can have out on loan in a blow to Chelsea’s structure.

Chelsea are well known for loaning out emerging talent and profiting on players who are unwanted in the first-team set-up.

Last season Chelsea had 41 footballers performing around the world while still on their books.

FIFA have confirmed they will now restrict the numbers of players one club can have out on loan to eight from the 2021/22 season, however.

The limit does not count for players aged 21 and under who seek playing time to speed up their development.

The threshold of how many talents can be out on loan will drop to six for the 2022/23 season.

Chelsea currently have 27 loanees performing worldwide in 10 different countries.

Sixteen of those players are over 22, which would be 14 over the permitted amount in two years’ time.

The two-window transfer ban Chelsea were dealt in February this year triggered a culture shock within the club which has been embraced by Frank Lampard.

The 41-year-old has thrust academy graduates such as Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori into the first-team this season with all three taking the step up in their stride following loan spells earlier in their career.

Lampard believes Chelsea fans understand the new approach this season, catalysed by the transfer ban, which may have to be continued due to the new loan laws.

He said: “Now we have younger players who I think the fans are very ready to be patient with.

“And they will need to be, but at the same time the rules always remain the same.

“If you show passion and fight and desire to play for the club, as we showed (against Liverpool), then fans will respect that whether you win, lose or draw.”

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