Mancienne – I'll probably have to leave Chelsea to play…

The Chelsea and England U21 defender Michael Mancienne thinks that he will have to leave Chelsea if he wants regular first team football. The problem with the biggest teams is that the pressure is on for them to play their best players every game to ensure success, so it is harder for youngsters to break through.

“Everyone in the England Under-21 side is capable of playing in the Premier League – it’s just getting the chance.” Mancienne said.

“Most of the time loan moves are the best thing we can do ­because you don’t want to be sat around. Everyone just wants games.

“I don’t know why young ­players don’t get a chance. Teams go out and buy a player for a lot of money and then have to play him to justify that. Otherwise, it’s money down the drain.”

“It is difficult to break in at Chelsea. They’ve got players who are representing and captaining their countries.

“They’re in so many cup competitions as well and they need to win all the games.

“It’s a good place to get your football education but it is hard for youngsters to get an ­opportunity to play.”

“I’ve played a few games but I’ve been out on loan the majority of the time.

“The manager doesn’t speak to me, not when I’m out on loan. Instead, I just have scouts that come to watch games and I report to them and they then go to the club.

“As a player you just want the chance to make a name for ­yourself, to show what you can do.

“So will I have to get away from Chelsea? Yes, I probably will.”

I know Michael is in the young England set-up, but to be honest when I’ve seen him play I haven’t been very impressed at all. Perhaps he should move to another team, and soon…..

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