Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri believes he is lucky to have a good academy at the club to call upon.

The Blues have gained notoriety for loaning out talented youngsters, but have given the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Callum Hudson-Odoi playing time this season.

Although the starting line-up is predominantly studded with star names, the likes of Ethan Ampadu and Andreas Christensen are firmly members of the first team squad.

And Sarri has admitted that the Chelsea academy has made it easier for him to follow the Premier League home grown players rule.

"I want good players, we are lucky because our academy is very good, it is important because if you have five or six players from the academy you can have a soul, more than 25 foreign players”, Sarri told a press conference ahead of his side’s clash against Tottenham in the EFL Cup.

Chelsea are currently third in the Premier League table and may make further signings this month after agreeing a deal for Christian Pulisic.

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The Blues will also hope to keep highly rated academy star Hudson-Odoi at the club as he has been linked with a move away to Bayern Munich.