Date: 22nd January 2013 at 2:27pm
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Chelsea’s Marko Marin has so far failed to make an impact on either Roberto Di Matteo or Rafael Benitez this season and has been linked with a move out on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

CSKA Moscow want the 23-year-old and have enquired about his availability, according to Russian newspaper Izvestia, and Marin’s agent Fali Radamani claims their are several clubs interested in the 23-year-old:

“I will not hide the fact that Marin has several interesting offers of a loan until the end of the season.

“I cannot name clubs, but I can say that the offers come both from Western and Eastern Europe.

“Marko wants more playing time, but we understand that at a major club like Chelsea there will always be serious competition for places.

“Marin feels good in London but in order to play regularly for the German national team he needs to be a first-teamer.

“We’ll have a conversation soon with the Chelsea hierarchy about all possible options for him to continue his career.”

(ESPN)

He’s only made eight first team appearances this season and it’s doubtful he’d usurp the place of either Juan Mata, Eden Hazard, Victor Moses or Oscar and as he’s not really being used, I wouldn’t mind if he wasn’t there.

However, at Stamford Bridge we do not have the sort of first team depth our rivals do and we would be lessening our options by letting Marin go as it looks for the moment that no new faces seem destined to arrive during this transfer window, unless we spring a late surprise. Our first XI are good, very good, but they are suffering burnout from time to time and we’re not the best equipped to rotate and our bench rarely impacts games when we need it to.

Loan out Marin by all means but Chelsea can’t ignore the fact they have less first team ready players than the likes of Manchester United and City if they want to compete with them.