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Chelsea FC Continental Loan Roundup: February 18, 2014

Wondering how Chelsea's youngsters are doing outside of England? Read on...

Denis Doyle

Chelsea have enough youngsters out on loan that we've broken down our loan roundup into two separate posts, in addition to a weekly update on Vitesse Arnhem. We already covered our domestic loanees on Tuesday, so lets move on to the players doing their thing outside of England.

The Vitesse contingent is down to just four, but all of Lucas Piazon, Bertrand Traore, Patrick van Aanholt, and Christian Atsu are seeing plenty of minutes in the Eredivisie. Vitesse are struggling though, and that streak reached five games without a win when they lost to FC Twente this week.

Cristian Cuevas has moved on from Vitesse, joining FC Eindhoven for the remainder of the season. He made his first start of the season this weekend in a 5-2 loss.

Elsewhere in the Netherlands, Stipe Perica had a disappointing cameo for NAC Breda. He was sent off for a bad tackle almost as soon as he came on the pitch, and will now a have a few matches to think about that mistake.

The Blues have three players on loan to La Liga sides, but only Thibaut Courtois saw any action this past week. The Belgian returned from a two-week injury layoff to keep a clean sheet against Valladolid, though he wasn't tested much in that contest. Oriol Romeu looks set to miss an extended period of time with a knee injury that may require surgery, while Marko Marin may or may not be injured again as well.

In the Spanish lower divisions, Uli Davila got a start for Cordoba, while Jhon Pirez continued his existence as an unused substitute.

Speaking of guys that may or may not exist, Wallace wasn't on the Inter bench this past weekend. Good thing he didn't move on in January. Gael Kakuta at least made the Lazio bench, even if he wasn't used.

In Belgium, there were some days of rest for both Billy Clifford and Thorgan Hazard, though for entirely different reasons. Clifford's game was postponed due to bad pitch conditions, while Hazard had accumulated enough yellow cards to earn himself a one-match vacation.

Kurt Zouma was given a new test this week against Olympic Marseille, being asked to channel his inner Ivanovic and fill in at right back. He did fairly well throughout and should have scored a goal, but it's difficult to imagine his future lying anywhere other than the center of the defense.

Closing out the loan report this week (because Matej Delac is still on his winter break), we have January signing Mario Pasalic. The midfielder has been on a bit of a scoring spree since signing with Chelsea, adding his third goal since deadline day over the weekend.

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