New CIES report: The number of loans between clubs in the major leagues is increasing considerably

7 October 2019

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Photo: Getty Images "In certain cases, loans turn out to be a real success. World-class footballers such as the Belgians Thibault Courtois and Kevin de Bruyne notably figure in the list of players loaned to big-5 league clubs over the last ten years," writes CIES.

During the last decade, the number of loans between clubs taking part in the big five leagues has grown significantly.

Italy is the country with most loans, but Chelsea come in second behind Italian side Udinese with most players loaned to clubs from the five biggest leagues.

FIFA is reportedly ready to limit the number of players that can be loaned out by each club.

Christian Fomsgaard Jensen cfj@offthepitch.com

The loaning out of players has long been a strategy in modern football, but a new report from CIES Football Observatory underlines the increasing impact.

During the last decade, the number of players on loan within clubs taking part in the five major European leagues has grown considerably, writes the football observatory. In the 2009/10 season, each club had an average of 2.3 players on loan, playing 9.1 per cent of the game minutes.

In last season, 2018/19, this had increased to 3.12 players per club and a game time of 11.5 per cent.

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