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SportDrinkwater could stay at Chelsea to satisfy UEFA homegrown quota

21:10  18 june  2019
21:10  18 june  2019 Source:

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Drinkwater could stay at Chelsea to satisfy UEFA homegrown quota © Charles McQuillan/Getty Images Sport Arsenal v Chelsea - International Champions Cup 2018

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater could stay at Chelsea next season so that the club can satisfy rules around homegrown players in the Champions League.

UEFA regulations state that teams must name at least eight homegrown players in the squads picked to take part in the competition, but a report from the Telegraph explains that the Blues currently risk falling short of that requirement.

Chelsea do not have enough senior players who are classed as homegrown, meaning they will either have to promote players from their academy or face receiving a penalty of a reduced squad size in Europe next season.

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Drinkwater could stay at Chelsea to satisfy UEFA homegrown quota © Michael Regan/Getty Images Sport Michael Regan/Getty Images Sport

Therefore, Drinkwater, who did not play one competitive game under Maurizio Sarri in 2018/19 and was last seen during Chelsea’s Community Shield loss to Manchester City last August, could yet remain at Stamford Bridge.

The 29-year-old joined the 2012 Champions League winners in a £35 million deal from Leicester City two years ago, but has played just 23 games and scored only one goal since.

It was expected that he would be on his way out this summer despite having three years left on his contract, but Chelsea may now choose to keep him to give themselves a better chance of complying with these regulations.

The quota can be met by including ‘B list’ players in the squad, but the Blues’ transfer ban means they won’t be able to sign new players to resolve the issue.

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