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Leicester boss Pearson rules out more loan departures

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson won't allow more his players to leave on-loan.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher has been allowed to join Sheffield Wednesday on loan after finding his opportunities restricted.

Several other players, such Anthony Knockaert, Danny Simpson and Marc Albrighton, who all played in the under-21s' victory over Manchester United on Monday, are also struggling to hold down a place in the City squad.

"It is impossible to keep everyone happy but there is no intention for anyone else to go out on loan," Pearson told the Leicester Mercury.

"Gary Taylor-Fletcher is out on loan. Why would I loan anyone else out?

"I would rather have players available to me than help other clubs out.

"We have to make sure we look after our own interests first.

"I think there is a misconception as to what the value of loaning players out is.

"We have utilised it to bring players in and we have usually targeted clubs who are looking to get some of their young talent some pitch-time. That is how we have used it in the other direction.

"The motivation for loaning some of our other players is either we want them to get game-time or they are not a part of what we are doing here so we move them on.

"That is the first team. With the development squad it is about exposing young players to first-team environments but in the right dosage.

"We still want to be responsible for the development of our own players and we will decide if we think it is the right thing for those young players.

"Unless I have a change of direction, I don't really envisage sending out any of our first-team squad at the moment.

"You only have to pick up a couple of injuries and get a suspension and then the picture changes.

"I would rather have one or two grumpy players around the place who I can manage than not have them available."

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