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Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce has hit out at Chelsea and Manchester City for their loan policies.

Chelsea have over 30 players on loan and Allardyce has taken a dig at the system, claiming it’s ruining the careers of so many youngsters.

“In academy terms it’s getting rid of the short term-ism we have in the game and looking at a long-term picture,” Allardyce told the Croydon Advertiser.

“That really is very difficult at football clubs now to try and focus on that long term. But the competition is so deep and so great, for me there has to be a change of direction that doesn’t allow any football club to nick our best 14-year-old whenever they feel like it. That’s the rules at the minute.

“We’ve got to get rid of that rule because a 14-year-old shouldn’t be bought from Crystal Palace by Manchester City or Chelsea because they’re just overloading, right? And they’re overloading with 33 players out on loan this year, you know what I mean? Man City have about 24.

“Leave them where they should…I know it’s talking about the old days but leave them where they are, in their own time for their own football club and let them go and play and develop in their own football club.

“Alright, if the time comes along where the big club comes along and takes him away, but take him away when he is ready.

“The limelight just drags them away from here to Manchester City or Manchester United, but then how many of them come through because they get lost.

“If they stay in the football club, and this is across the country, they will get in the first team quicker and get to the top if they are good enough that way, and it is a much better way of going to the top.”

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