Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo on deciding where to send players on loan
Chelsea technical director Michael Emenolo has been discussing how the Blues decide when and where to let their players go out on loan.
Emenolo says the club has implemented a policy of sending out players on loan deals to help them to comply with Uefa’s Financial Fair Play rules, but also to give regular first-team actions to players who would otherwise be on the fringes at Stamford Bridge.
But he says it is a carefully thought out process and not one driven be recouping money.
The club has close links with Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, and Emenolo says his is inundated with offers from other clubs wanting an informal arrangement to regularly take Chelsea youngsters on loan.
He told the Chelsea website: “If it is working with Vitesse it is because the Dutch league plays in a desirable way and they have done what they promised.
“When they say they want a player and we say are you sure you need him and they say yes, the player actually does play.
“If tomorrow a Championship team in England wants the same kind of relationship with us it is no problem, Vitesse has no exclusivity.
“We sent Josh McEachran to Middlesbrough and he played a lot and we were very happy with that, and if Middlesbrough want a player in the future we will be happy to send him because we think we have a good relationship and we have confidence the player will be very well looked after.
He continued: “The loan process at Chelsea has become very professional and a good deal of thought has gone into it.
“We don’t send players out because we are trying to recover some money, we send them because we want them to play and develop and we want to monitor them.
“We have a system in place, headed by me and with Eddie Newton supported by [head of player welfare] Kevin Campello, that means we keep a close eye on them and the manager knows exactly what is happening at all times.”