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Chelsea’s loans spree at Vitesse Arnham causing Eredivisie unrest

Chelsea sent six players out on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem this summer, and not everyone is happy about it.

The first to publicly come forward to speak out against the lump loanings is Nijmegen E.C. technical director Carlos Aalbers, who declared, “This is a new ­situation for us in Dutch football and it is worthy of discussion. It is six players on loan from Chelsea at Vitesse, but if this trend continues it could be nine or 10.”

Aalbers is loosely referring to the situation Championship-side Watford encountered last season when they tapped Italian club Udinese for 10 players thanks to the two teams sharing the same owner.

The move sparked an immediate rule change in the English FA declaring foreign loans to be under the same constraints as domestic loans and limiting the amount of players allowed to be loaned from a single club to four.

Alabers backtracked a touch on his comments, saying, “I want to be clear that I am not judging Vitesse or Chelsea because they are acting within the rules” but he was adamant the league needs to review the situation.

Chelsea’s Russian owner Roman Abramovich has a well-known relationship with Vitesse’s Geordinian owner Merab Jordania, at least when it comes to club relations.

Not only has Chelsea loaned the likes of Gael Kakuta, Lucas Piazon, Cristian Cuevas, Patrick van Aanholt, Sam Hutchinson, and Cristian Atsu to the Dutch side, but they also signed Marco van Ginkel (pictured, in action for Vitesse Arnhem) from Vitesse for around £8.3 million ($13 million).

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