Jose Mourinho has been discussing the short-term futures for some of the younger players of our touring party in Asia.
The Portuguese has been impressed by the quality at his disposal among the junior staff, the majority of whom have already spent time away from the club on loan.
Among them is Nathaniel Chalobah, who spent last season with Watford in the Championship. Mourinho expects a similar move for the 18-year-old this time around.
‘Chalobah, we are thinking will go on loan for one last season,’ said the manager. ‘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.
‘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.
‘Lucas Piazon on loan, Wallace on loan because he has no work permit, and he goes on loan one more season but in Europe, not South America, to make it more easy for him.
‘Islam Feruz of course stays in the Under-21s, and Bertrand Traore, who is a kid and on trial, needs to wait until he is 18 and we will try to see.’
As we look ahead to the final leg of the Asia tour, some of these players will be preparing to wave goodbye to the first team squad for a while, replaced on the trip to America by the returning players who played in the Confederations Cup over the summer.
Asked whether he has a team in mind yet for our Barclays Premier League opener against Hull City on Sunday, August 18, Mourinho admitted it may yet depend on further international action, with a round of friendlies scheduled in the midweek prior to that first league weekend.
‘It depends a lot on that,’ admitted the 50-year-old. ‘If a guy goes to Ecuador and arrives back in London on Saturday without sleep after 15 hours of flight, and arrives to train on Saturday morning, I don’t think he is going to play on Sunday.
‘If another guy goes to the national team on Wednesday for England against Scotland and plays 45 minutes at Wembley, and after an hour he is at home in Cobham sleeping, he has more conditions to play.’
Another concern is when our match against Aston Villa, postponed due to our participation in the UEFA Super Cup, will be played.
‘To have a team, I think the team will be made game after game, week after week,’ said Mourinho. ‘What happens before the Hull City game has an influence. Also the Villa game, if it is two or three days after Hull, it could be moved later or sooner, it makes me think two games at the same time. If that game is postponed until later and I have only one match against Hull in one week, I think a different way. It depends on the situation.’