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Chelsea have a huge number of players who are currently out on loan, and in the Premier League alone, the likes of Michy Batshuayi, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley and Ethan Ampadu are out on loan.
With Chelsea set to face Crystal Palace this weekend, Michy Batshuayi won’t be available to play against his parent club.
However, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed that he’d assess his loan players at the end of the season and admitted that he doesn’t know much about the loan army yet.
He told the media: “We cannot have a squad of 50 players next season and it’s not so easy because we have a lot of players on loan with a lot of quality and who have a big influence at the clubs where they play.
“We are not so long at the club so we’re still getting to know our 22 players here better but of course we know everybody and have a general overview. On loan, you always have the trouble in translating the performance into your league if they go abroad, or into your club if they play for another club like Crystal Palace.
“Would it be the same impact here? Sometimes you see performances because a player plays very regularly and has his 90 minutes all the time but can he give the same impact if he’s coming from the bench? This translation can be very difficult to make.
“I would always prefer to see everybody and to meet everybody personally in a pre-season so let’s see how this works out. At the same time, I respect the policy of the club. I can totally understand that the club has the last word on what we do and what can happen with the players.
“I’m not totally aware of every contractual situation but I’m very relaxed about it. We know we have strong players out there and if the market gets complicated in the summer, we have a big pool of players to pick from.”