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Chelsea to release raft of young players for loan

Chelsea are preparing to release a raft of young players for loan this summer.

Sky Sports says the eight returning to Cobham from Dublin include Lewis Baker, Izzy Brown and Lucas Piazon, as well as Trevoh Chalobah, Dujon Sterling, Ike Ugbo, Conor Gallagher and Marc Guehi.

All eight featured in Chelsea's first friendly on Wednesday, a 1-1 draw with Irish side Bohemians, and six of the eight were out on loan last campaign.

Baker impressed on loan at Reading, while Brown only made two appearances in all competitions for Leeds due to injury and Brazil youth international Piazon was relegated with Serie A side Chievo Verona.

Chalobah played on loan for Ipswich, Sterling for Coventry and Ugbo for Scunthorpe, while Gallagher and Guehi played in the U23 side: all five have been called up to England's U20 team.

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