Mourinho plans to send Chalobah and McEachran out for final loan
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted he’s been impressed with the quality at his disposal among the club’s junior staff, including two England Under-21 midfielders.
and Josh McEachran
, who both appeared for The Three Lions at Euro 2013, are currently away on The Blues’ tour of Asia and appeared in Chelsea’s 4-1 victory over a Malaysia XI on Sunday.
Both players enjoyed loan spells in the Championship last season, McEachran with Middlesbrough and Chalobah with Watford, and Mourinho believes that one final year away from Stamford Bridge will be most beneficial for their development.
Mourinho said: “Chalobah, we are thinking will go on loan for one last season. That's our intention, he knows, we discussed that with him.
“He's a very, very good player and I like him very, very much. I am very impressed. For sure he is a Chelsea player [but] he has to play every weekend for the last year of his loan period. We think he is there. He could be in our squad already. But we think one more season and his last season on loan, because he's very good.”
The Portuguese also confirmed he has similar plans for McEachran: “From these kids we have here [in Asia], Josh McEachran will go on loan, Chalobah will go on loan and for sure Chalobah it will be his last season on loan and back to stay for 2014/15.”
Both players are likely to be involved in the England Under-21 squad for the historic match with Scotland at Sheffield United.
While the senior teams will play for the first time in 14 years at Wembley, the night before will see the Young Lions take on their Scottish counterparts at Bramall Lane on Tuesday 13 August.
It will be the first time the two nations have gone head to head at Under-21 level since 1993.
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