Just as expected and anticipated, the special one has come out to openly declare that newly-signed Atletico Paranaense midfielder, Nathan will not be a part of the first team come next season. The 19 years old, whose long-delayed deal eventually worked out earlier this week for about 4.5 million pounds will be loaned out to the Netherlands league side, Vitesse. He will be following the paths of Wallace, Josh McEachran and Bertrand Traore, who are currently playing at the Dutch club on loan. An excited Nathan was seen at the club training base training in the blues kits just a day after his deal was finalized. He has reportedly expressed delight to be joining the Brazil contingent at the West London side, and taken to the social media to show it.
Mourinho who wasn’t earlier keen on the prospects of the teenager joining the club said concerning him to reporters,
“Nathan will not be in Chelsea’s squad next year, simple as that. You buy, in very good circumstances before the price goes to the moon. You develop the player. He belongs to you, is on loan, and in the right moment you bring him back.”
That is exactly Chelsea’s blueprint for young players they get. The pensioners currently have up to 30 players on loan at top clubs all over Europe. The Chelsea youth team also boasts of quality young players, who are also likely to be sent on loan at a point or the other, in order to get the best out of them; either in terms of cash, or a return to the club. When asked if this philosophy is the best, he retorts,
“These kids trust us and know what we do is the best for them. They know the decisions for next season are the best decisions for them. Ruben (Loftus-Cheek) is going to stay as a member of the first-team squad. The others who have been here in the seniors for one year are ready for the next step: that’s not the first team but a loan to a good team, to a good league and then to come back. That would open space for kids who are now in the academy to be in the first-team squad next season. So imagine (Andreas) Christensen going on loan. If he does, he goes to a high-level market. It opens space for another defender in the academy now to become part of the first team. If his development in the first team is so strong, like Ruben’s, that allows him to stay in the first team for ever, then perfect. If not, he reaches another level and gets another loan. We have this system in place for them – and I know it brings results.”