Nigeria stars Victor Moses and Kenneth Omeruo have been made to train away from the team’s main squad, according to the Daily Mail.
The Super Eagles forward and defender, along with numerous other Chelsea players who were on loan last season, will train together but seperately from the squad of players who featured for the English champions last season.
Omeruo was on loan at Middlesbrough last season and returned to Chelsea for pre-season on Monday, while Moses played with Stoke City.
The Daily Mail says the returning loanees will be placed in a special ‘loan squad’ for pre-season, away from the main group as they look to find new clubs.
Eddie Newton, technical coach of Chelsea’s youth development programme, and assistant Paulo Ferreira, will lead a squad comprised of players not wanted by Jose Mourinho’s touring first-team selection.
The Blues sent 31 players out on loan last season and a similar number will train together at their Cobham base while they wait for offers to come in from other clubs.
Mourinho is back at work this week to begin preparations for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League title defence and one of his first jobs before the first team depart for their pre-season tour next week is working out who to take to the United States.
The likes of Brazilian forward Lucas Piazon, right back Wallace, Chilean winger Cristian Cuevas and Croatian goalkeeper Matej Delac are set to stay in Surrey under Newton’s guidance and they could be joined by more senior figures like German winger Marko Marin.
Patrick Bamford, the undoubted star of Chelsea’s loan system at Middlesbrough last season, is likely to be among those who goes on tour but he could end up with the group depending on how long it takes for him to find a worthy move.
Chelsea’s list of retained players released last month revealed 72 contracted players at Stamford Bridge, the largest roster of any English club.
‘We like to invite all the players back because we like them to feel part of the club,’ Newton said about the pre-season group. ‘Sometimes it’s not possible because the deal’s been made with another club so therefore, best case scenario, they go to their new club.
‘Then Jose will take some on tour with him, it’s their chance to impress the manager and make sure that he understands that they’re there and they mean business.
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