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Chelsea’s squad is large and Blues boss Frank Lampard has a difficult work to do, in terms of trimming the squad.
Although faced with a transfer ban, Chelsea are facing a season where they have a surplus of foreign players and need to make decisions on the future of some big names.
UEFA rules state clubs in the Champions League may register no more than 17 foreign players in their squads for the competition, with a further eight spots available for homegrown players. And currently, Chelsea have a high number of non-homegrown players in his squad as the new season closes in at Stamford Bridge.
Lampard must now make a decision on the players he wants to keep and those he wants to let go of.
The likes of Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Davide Zappacosta and Tiemoue Bakayoko have all been linked with Chelsea exits because of the quota of foreign players at the club.
However, Belgium journalist Kristof Terreur has confirmed that Michy Batshuayi will be a part of the Chelsea squad next season.
Lampard has three strikers at his disposal and has hailed the trio and was particularly full of praise for Chelsea academy product Tammy Abraham after the game against Barcelona.
Lampard said: “I’m very happy this evening. Tammy is a goalscorer, hungry for goals, constantly wanting to score. I saw that in the Championship last season, he’s proven that and now it’s his time to prove it at Chelsea.
“Confidence is big for goalscorers so to get his goal will put him in good stead.
“Olivier Giroud came on and did very well as well. He showed his different style and attributes he brings, and the same for Batshuayi. There’s competition.
“People keep talking a lot about it and they all need to rise to the competition and show they can be strikers for Chelsea. I’ve got full confidence in them and it’s great for Tammy.”