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Chelsea have begun a clear-out of their underperforming youth ranks as

the club attempt to refocus their academy recruitment efforts on young English talent. A large group of players caught in limbo between Luiz Felipe Scolari's senior squad and Chelsea's under-18 team have been made available for transfer or loan - with the club offering to subsidise their unusually high wages in some cases.Having not played on loan to Portsmouth, Israel striker Ben Sahar has been moved to Dutch Eredivisie strugglers De Graafschap. Danish forward Morten Nielsen - whose father Benny was employed by the club as a scout - is close to joining Saint-Etienne on loan. Italian centre-back Vincenzo Camilleri may return to Reggina, while Portugal youth internationals Fábio Ferreira and Ricardo Fernandes have rejected transfers to Italy and Spain, despite Chelsea offering to pay off the remaining six months of their contracts in full. The futures of a number of English players on loan at lower-division clubs are also under consideration.

Signed before Frank Arnesen's multi-million-pound appointment as chief scout and director of youth development, Ferreira and Fernandes are at the low end of the wage scale at £85,000 a year. Many of Arnesen's recruits take home more than £150,000.

Embarrassingly, the Dane has spent much of his recent time attempting to move his lauded signings on. His failure to establish "the best youth development programme in the world" and produce a player a season for the first team, coupled with comments made about Roman Abramovich's straitened finances, have angered the owner and have led to Arnesen losing influence at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea officials say the departures of certain youth players is a natural part of the academy assessment process, unconnected with efforts to economise. The club currently have 20 England youth internationals between the ages of 15 and 18, but are seeking to increase that number.

Scolari, meanwhile, has moved to assert his authority over the senior squad by handing out a list outlining a range of penalties to be exacted for ill-discipline. The punishments include fines of several hundred pounds for every minute a player is late for training or club travel, several thousand pounds for leaving the country without permission and others for breaching the dress code by wearing hats.

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Bit of a rubbish article if you ask me! Sahar's travels have been well documented. Nielson has been discussed about moving on for a while as he has not had the impact many would have hoped for. Ferreira is 100% certain to move on and Fernandes too hasn't hit the expected heights though he has suffered with serious injuries. Not too sure why Vincenzo Camilleri is being discussed about moving on, maybe he hasn't been able to settle in this country.

So all these players and their movements are NOT out of the ordinary. Just another article trying to stir up some s**t.

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Bit of a rubbish article if you ask me! Sahar's travels have been well documented. Nielson has been discussed about moving on for a while as he has not had the impact many would have hoped for. Ferreira is 100% certain to move on and Fernandes too hasn't hit the expected heights though he has suffered with serious injuries. Not too sure why Vincenzo Camilleri is being discussed about moving on, maybe he hasn't been able to settle in this country.

So all these players and their movements are NOT out of the ordinary. Just another article trying to stir up some s**t.

Dont know what the source is but it sounds a bit made up. 20 England Youth internationals sounds a lot. and player fined for wearing hats ?

How are there never any piss taking articles about Man Utd ?

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Dont know what the source is but it sounds a bit made up. 20 England Youth internationals sounds a lot. and player fined for wearing hats ?

How are there never any piss taking articles about Man Utd ?

I am sure we DO have 20 England youth Internationals to be honest, lots of top young talents in our academy.

What this article is doing is twisting facts, yes we are offloading some young players. And rightly so, those young players are not going to make it with us! We also have half a dozen players in and around the first team - more around than in but still.........

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