CHELSEA ARE 'WAREHOUSING' PLAYERS - PFA

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The Blues transfer policy has been criticised by the

player's union boss after the number of players

sent out on loan to clubs across Europe tipped over

the 30 mark.

Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon

Taylor has criticised Chelsea for 'warehousing'

footballers after 33 registered players joined

opposition clubs on short-term deals.

The PFA boss believe the Blues transfer deals are

influencing competitions across Europe and denying

first-team players at rival sides the chance to play

regularly.

Over £100 million has been spent on the players

currently out on loan across the continent and

Taylor is concerned by the extent of Chelsea's

recruitment, and the repercussions for foreign

clubs.

“You just wonder where the number will end

because it’s a pretty strong influence that one

Premier League club seems to be having in so

many competitions," he said.

“It’s a bit of a worry with so many Chelsea players

out on loan. It’s almost a warehousing of players.

You wonder whether it brings into question the

integrity of the various competitions.

“From a player’s point of view, you can see they

would want to go out on loan if there is not a first-

team place available.

"But Chelsea have an academy so you have to

wonder how it is they have such a phenomenal

number of players out there."

Taylor, who was appointed to the footballers' union

after retiring in 1981, agrees that loan deals allow

players to gain experience away from the parent

club, but has questioned the fairness of certain

negotiations.

“Players want to play and the loan system gives

them that chance," he added.

"But then there are players at these clubs in Europe

who are denied the chance because others are

coming in with their parent clubs paying their

wages. It makes that option more attractive.

“So then it is not about the best team winning a ­

particular competition, it is about who has the best ­

relationship with the biggest clubs.

“It’s not so much something that we’ve been

alerted to. It’s something that you can’t fail to notice

because it has been such a phenomenal number of

players out there.”


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