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Artell: "Keeping Loanees Should Be Fine"

21 April 2020

It has been a key talking point for many of those attached with Crewe Alexandra and the boss was keen to address the matter immediately to see whether his three loanees will remain with the club due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

Chuma Anene was Artell's first loan signing back in August from Danish side, FC Midtjylland whilst defender, Michael Nottingham and England Youth International, Stephen Walker joined the club in January from Blackpool and Middlesbrough respectively.

The gaffer went on to say: “I’ve spoken to Midtjylland already, that’s not been a problem. Middlesbrough isn’t a problem either as that one doesn’t end until June. Then me and one of the directors have spoken with Blackpool and that should be fine.

“There is a ruling that says that ‘the parent club cannot refuse’ but then I think it’s safer to agree through good relations.”

Since football has been put on hold indefinitely by the EFL, the club has been faced with new tests everyday and whether the length of loan contracts will be extended was another addition to that list.

He continued with: “I’ve spoken to all three players, more so Michael and Chuma about the situation and they want to stay. That’s the most important thing, because they don’t have to. So, we will go from there.

“These sorts of things are new challenges to us all. Do I see a problem with them? No not at all, but it needed addressing.”

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