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A team of current or former Premier League players  who would have been denied a work permit under tighter regulations

GOALKEEPER

Simon Mignolet (Sunderland, 2010) – had not played an international match for Belgium when he first came for the Premier League, meaning he would not have been granted a work permit.

DEFENCE

Gael Clichy (Arsenal, 2003) – defender had only played a few times for French club Cannes before Arsenal signed him.

Gerard Pique (Man United, 2004) – was only 17 when United signed him from Barcelona so a permit would not have been granted as he was under 18.

Hector Bellerin (Arsenal, 2011) – was only 16 when signed from Barcelona.

MIDFIELD

Marcos Alonso (Bolton, 2010) – the Spaniard was uncapped when he signed for Bolton, so wouldn’t have been classed as experienced international.

N’Golo Kante (Leicester, 2015) – had not played for France when he arrived at Leicester from Caen in £5.6m move.

Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, 2003) – was 16 when he signed for the Gunners from Barcelona and would therefore be too young.

Paul Pogba (Man United, 2009) – just 16 when he came to United from French club Le Havre. 

FORWARD

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester, 2014) – the Algerian was able to join Leicester from Le Havre because he holds a French passport. This exemption will be stopped.

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Nicolas Anelka (Arsenal, 1997) – was under 18 when he arrived at Highbury.

Gianluca Vialli (Chelsea, 1996) – striker had not played for the Italy national team for four years when he signed. Under non-European work permit rules, you have to play in 75 per cent of your country’s internationals over the past two years.

Vialli hadn't played for Italy for four seasons when he joined Chelsea in 1996

Vialli hadn't played for Italy for four seasons when he joined Chelsea in 1996

Vialli hadn’t played for Italy for four seasons when he joined Chelsea in 1996

Source: Daily Telegraph