Rodgers defends McEachran loan

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Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers has given his reasons for not using Chelsea loanee Josh McEachran on a more frequent basis, claiming the temporary agreement has been about 'more than just games'.

The 19-year-old midfielder rejected the advances of both Aston Villa and Bolton to move to the Liberty Stadium during the January transfer window, with the loan deal set to expire at the end of season.

It was hoped that the promising England under-21 international would be able to further his Premier League education during his stay in South Wales, but he has not featured as often has Chelsea might have hoped.

McEachran has played only four times in the league since his move - three of which have been substitute appearances - but Rodgers believes the youngster will be all the better for his experience with Swansea.

"The loan move was more than just games for Josh. It was also about experiencing a new team, city and lifestyle," Rodgers told The Sun.

"He was 18 when he came and it's been great for his development. He admitted he was behind with his conditioning.

"He has fitted in quite easily and he respects how well the other players have been doing so it's been very difficult.

"The balance in the midfield has been very good.

"Every player wants game-time but that can't happen for everyone. But when he returns to Chelsea he will be better for his experience here.

"It doesn't matter whether it is games or lifestyle, he will be a better player and person for that."

Rodgers, meanwhile, has been linked with a move to Tottenham this summer, should Harry Redknapp leave White Hart Lane for the vacant manager's position.

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