Chelsea could lose six academy hotshots over Roman Abramovich sanctions

Chelsea could be set to lose their next generation of stars due to sanctions against Blues owner Roman Abramovich.

The Russian Oligarch was added to the UK Government's sanctions list last Thursday following Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February. And sanctions against Abramovich have left Chelsea unable to negotiate new contracts with their current crop of players.

Thomas Tuchel's side could already be without Antonio Rudiger and César Azpilicueta next season. But Chelsea could also see a whole host of academy stars walk out the doors at Stamford Bridge while being unable to replace their lost stars with new signings.

George McEachran, who was part of England's U17 World Cup-winning side, is one of the big names set to leave the club. While Xavier Simons who is highly rated in the U23 side could also leave in the summer.

A source told The Sun: “Everyone is focused on the players in the first team who are out of contract but the ones we feel really sorry for are the youngsters.

“Now is the time when the boys start talking about new contracts with the club and everyone is in the dark. They are the ones coming through and if Chelsea are not allowed to sign new contracts with them it’s a huge blow to both parties."

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Alongside McEachran and Simons, contracts for Thierno Ballo, Sam McLelland, Josh Brooking, and Dion Rankine are set to expire.

According to The Mirror too, Premier League clubs have already started to circle the Blues' academy with agents fielding calls for Under-16 talent.

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