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Chelsea sporting director Michael Emenalo has provided an insight into the club's philosophy in the loan market.

Following striker Daniel Sturridge's success at Bolton Wanderers last season, short-term moves away from Stamford Bridge have been proved to offer both the club and player involved a chance to gain both valuable experience at a competitive level and improve as a player whilst working under different managers and coaches.

Finding the right club for a young player to join can often be one of the pitfalls for the Blues, and Emenalo admits the club does its homework to make sure their players reap maximum rewards elsewhere.

"You want to send players on loan to gain experience and see where they are in their development. If they are in touching distance with the first team we like them to go to the Premier League and see how close they are, how mentally developed and tactically aware they are," the Nigerian told the official Chelsea website.

"We feel when we recruit these players it is because they have a certain quality that is above and beyond the average Premier League team, so we want them to go out and show that quality and gain experience.

"It's always better if a club comes to you. We like to ask questions and find out if the club knows about the player they want, have they done a scouting report on him, what are they looking to do with him, so we have that discussion and if we're not sure we don't send the player.

"In the past we made the mistake of accepting for players to go without knowing what the club wanted. Now I want them to come to us with a clear strategy of how they wish to use and develop our player."

Emenalo was also quick to stress the importance of satisfying manager Andre Villas-Boas' needs, with various methods used to track each individual player's progress at various clubs.

With 10 players currently plying their trade away from west London, offering first team football over reserve team matches is clearly a favourable option for the Blues, and the future is clearly bright with the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Ulises Davila plying their trade in Europe.

"There is a possibility of being bored playing in reserve football and it gives them an opportunity to go out and experience professional competition in front of bigger crowds," he added.

"For us it's about timing and the needs of the manager. Andre is very detailed and organised with what he needs - he has a number of players in the squad for the way he wants to train.

"When you buy a quality young player, the competition is really heavy and there is no chance of them making any progress if they will not be playing regularly. We may feel they have too much quality to be in the reserve squad."

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