Thursday, 1st May, 2014

Roberto Martinez believes the regulations over loan players facing their parent clubs should be the same in the Premier League as they are in the Champions League.

Martinez's Everton have a number of players on loan, including Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea and Gareth Barry from Manchester City.

Neither have been eligible to play against their parent clubs in the Premier League, but Martinez watched on last night as Thibaut Courtois turned out for Atletico Madrid against parent side Chelsea in the Champions League.

And he feels the same rules should be applicable in the Premier League.


"I think it's always been the case in my eyes that when you reach an agreement to allow a player to go, that could be a loan or a permanent transfer, they should be allowed to play", Martinez told a press conference.

"I don't think a healthy way to treat a loan is for the player not to play against the parent club.

"I think the fairest way is in the European Cup. The loans are a real need in the modern game for different reasons, but I do think that when you allow a player to go out on loan it's without having an advantage to that player, when you allow that player to go.

"Clearly we shouldn't have two different ways to have rules in two different competitions. I think domestic rules should be the same as in Europe in that respect."

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