CHELSEA boss Frank Lampard could find himself in a difficult position when it comes to naming his Champions League squad.
The Blues have failed cultivated enough homegrown stars in recent years and as a result may be unable to fill their quota of places.
Clubs in the Champions League may register no more than 17 foreign players in their squads for the competition.
That leaves eight spots which must be filled with homegrown players.
The arrival of Christian Pulisic in January and decision to sign Mateo Kovacic on a permanent basis has left Lampard with a surplus of foreign stars.
Lampard was hopeful of being able to offload Tiemoue Bakayoko, who spent last season on loan a AC Milan.
But the Serie A side have turned down the opportunity to sign the midfielder on a permanent basis.
Reported interest from Paris St-Germain stalled after they moved instead for Everton’s Idrissa Gueye.
Lampard will now have to decide which foreign Chelsea stars he will have to leave out from the European excursions.
Kurt Zouma, Michy Batshuayi, Davide Zappacosta and Kenedy could face a season watching on from the sidelines due to the restrictions.
Kenneth Omeruo, Baba Rahman, Michael Hector and Trevoh Chalobah are expected to leave either permanently or on loan before the end of the transfer window window.
Zouma is a target for Everton following an impressive loan spell at Goodison Park last season.
But Lampard is keen to keep the France international following the release of Gary Cahill.
Working in the face of a transfer ban, Chelsea have focused on trying to agree terms on new contracts for a host of stars.
After both Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount signed fresh deals, Callum Hudson-Odoi is reportedly set to follow in their footsteps.
Goal report that the winger’s new deal is now being overseen by lawyers after the terms between the two parties have been agreed.
Hudson-Odoi will earn over £100,000-a-week, possibly rising to as much as £180,000-a-week with incentives based on performance.