Chelsea make decision on future of talented Alfie Gilchrist

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Chelsea have opted against sending Alfie Gilchrist on loan this January, according to a new report.

Gilchrist has impressed for the Blues this season, despite having made just one start.

The 20-year-old was in the starting XI that beat Preston North End 4-0 over a week ago. His performance in that game earned him lots of plaudits from fans and Chelsea great, John Terry.

The Standard however report that Chelsea have no interest in sending the player out on loan this month, despite ample interest from other clubs.

It is believed that the centre-back can be of great use to Mauricio Pochettino’s side for the remainder of the campaign.

Even if Gilchrist doesn’t get to play so often, training with the first team can be of great benefit for the Chelsea academy graduate. He has really done well in the few games he has played.