Blues legend John Terry believes that the young players at Chelsea are better than their counterparts at Monaco.
Chelsea have a large youth academy and their Under-18 team won the Premier League for their age group during the 2016-17 season, also winning the FA Youth Cup.
Youngsters such as Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have featured briefly for the Blues during the past few seasons, while Monaco won Ligue 1 with a squad packed with young talent, with Kylian Mbappe, Thomas Lemar ant Tiemoue Bakayoko all impressing.
However, Terry believes Chelsea’s prospects are comfortably better than the French side’s, explaining, as quoted by the Mirror:
“When I came through I was given five or six games to find my feet and probably wasn’t even ready then. But we have got so many at Chelsea who are ready.
“Our boys are good enough, they just need the opportunity. Either that or they need to back themselves and go out on loan.
“Monaco have a couple and everybody’s saying how good they are – believe me, we’ve got better players at Chelsea.”
Chelsea have struggled to give first-team opportunities to young players during the past few years and a host of players have left the club recently in an effort to gain more playing time.
Nathan Ake, who was recalled from his loan spell at Bournemouth midway through the 2016-17 season, has joined the Cherries permanently for £20m, while Dominic Solanke and Bertrand Traore have also left for pastures new.