Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo has defended the club's loan policy after 32 players left Stamford Bridge on loan during the recent transfer window.
While the majority of the players that are out on loan are members of the Chelsea academy and Under-21 ranks, senior players the likes Juan Cuadrado, Mohamed Salah, and Victor Moses are among those plying their trade on loan from the London club.
Chelsea are not contravening any regulations with these loans, but they have been accused of stockpiling talent, a suggestion that Emenalo has rejected.
"We have the difficult job – one we happily accept because we are a big club – of trying to balance being successful with making sure we have the right players at the right time," Emenalo told Chelsea TV.
"Sometimes we know there are players whose development is not finished, just like Victor (Moses), who we want to keep with our squad but who maybe needs to play more football to get to the level we think he can get to, because he is very, very talented."
Salah will spend the current campaign on loan at Serie A outfit Roma after enjoying a profitable loan spell at Fiorentina last season, in which he scored nine goals. Emenalo believes that the Egyptian's progress vindicates Chelsea's policy.
"These players go to top clubs and when they get there they prove we don't recruit bad players, just like Salah did last season," he said.
However, Emenalo did concede that the case of Cuadrado is slightly different. The Colombian international joined the Blues from Fiorentina in February for £23.3million, but has struggled to break into the first team, and will spend the 2015/16 season on loan at Juventus.
"Sometimes the timing is not right for them," explained Emenalo.
"For example we got (Juan) Cuadrado straight after a very difficult game at Spurs and we had to change our strategy for the rest of the season.
"That didn't suit the reason for which we had already gone to get him.
"So we felt it would be better for him to go and rediscover his confidence and he hasn't just gone to any other team… he's gone to Juventus."