Shaun Wright-Phillips urges Blues players to leave the club

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 21, joined Crystal Palace on loan before the start of the season to ensure he could play regular first-team football.

He’s one of a host of Blues youngsters plying their trade elsewhere due to the lack of opportunities at the Bridge.

Former Chelsea man Wright-Phillips believes he had “no other option” and said: “It’s a hard one because there are not many young players at the top clubs coming through. So if Loftus-Cheek wants to play and to play for England he needs to get games under his belt for at least two solid seasons.

“Romelu Lukaku leaving Chelsea is a prime example: he went out and showed everybody that he’s up there as one of the best strikers around.

“Loftus-Cheek has to go out there and prove himself now. He’s set himself up for his story and his path in the Premier League.”

But while the Chelsea youth aren’t getting time to shine, the Blues’ transfer business has gone down well with Wright-Phillips.

Summer signing Alvaro Morata has come good while Antonio Conte is building a new team of champions.

He told 888sport: “I still think that Chelsea have quite a lot of depth and they remain title challengers. Conte wanted more players but for the team that won the title last season there is not much change and they’ve added Morata who is on fire at the minute. So I don’t think they’re worrying too much.

“Morata is quick and he has an endeavour to get in the box when the ball goes in there. I’m enjoying watching Morata.

“He’s assuring Chelsea fans that they have nothing to worry about Costa leaving.

“I wouldn’t say that Morata is in Didier Drogba’s space now but if he keeps scoring and running in behind and creating chances for others then he’s heading in that direction because he does the same things that Didier did.

“He runs into channels, he creates chances, and he finishes.”

Chelsea News: Morata injury update, Ancelotti to replace Conte claim, Pearce slams Willian

Alvaro Morata has withdrawn from the Spain squad after picking up a hamstring injury against Manchester City.

The striker limped off during Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side on Saturday evening.

Morata, 24, underwent tests on his hamstring in Madrid today, with doctors confirming he has a grade II hamstring problem.

Blues boss Antonio Conte was adamant that he won’t play for his country in their two World Cup qualifiers.

“It’s a muscular problem,” said Conte.

“I don’t think it’s a serious problem because he stopped. He said he would prefer to stop and not risk a bad injury.

“The doctor now has to check the situation but I don’t think he’s available for the national team.”

Chelsea regretted sacking Carlo Ancelotti in 2011 and he could return to Stamford Bridge, Telegraph journalist Sam Wallace claims.

Conte has been linked with a Blues exit this season despite winning the Premier League title last campaign.

Ancelotti was sacked by Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last week and is available to return to Chelsea.

And Wallace says Ancelotti could replace Conte at Stamford Bridge this season.

He said: ”Ancelotti has pretty much been panned in Germany as tactically not up to managing their great club [Bayern].

“The mistake Chelsea always felt was that they were too trigger happy with Ancelotti, sacking him the season after he won the double.

“If Conte doesn’t last until the end of the season, which is incredible to say, would Ancelotti come back in the middle of the season? Stranger things have happened.

“They need someone who is out of work and ready to step in. It would be really interesting seeing him back at Chelsea.

“The fact is Chelsea have sacked so many managers that they will have to start employing ones they have already had, as they did with Mourinho.”

Stuart Pearce has slammed Willian for his performance against City on Saturday.

The Brazil winger replaced Morata in the defeat and Sky Sports pundit Pearce says Willian didn’t contribute for the Blues.

“Willian, as the game went on, got worse and worse to be fair,” said Pearce.

“It was one of the worst games I’ve ever seen him play.

“He didn’t contribute to the team effort in dominating the ball in midfield.”

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