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Conte comments on futures of Loftus-Cheek, Batshuayi, and Nathan Aké after FA Cup win

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The kids!

Chelsea v Peterborough United - The Emirates FA Cup Third Round Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

Chelsea advanced to the 4th round of the FA Cup on Sunday after a comfortable 4-1 win over lower league Peterborough United. Antonio Conte made no less than nine changes to his starting lineup, giving chances to youngsters Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Kurt Zouma, and Michy Batshuayi, as well as Ola Aina off the bench. It’s not always easy for new players to come into a much changed and cobbled-together side, but all the youngsters did really well today.

There have been plenty of questions over the futures of both Batshuayi and Loftus-Cheek, with both players increasingly linked to loan moves away from the club for the second half of the season. Conte however wants to keep both of them.

Conte has in fact been looking for ways to boost the numbers in his squad, which has led to the recall of Nathan Aké from AFC Bournemouth. Aké has done really well at the Cherries lately, not to mention the options that he provides with his versatility.

The trio will no doubt play in the next round of the FA Cup later this month (opponent to be determined in Monday night’s draw), but hopefully they’ll get some chances in the Premier League as well.