Young defender Jake Clarke-Salter has joined championship strugglers Sunderland on loan for the rest of the season.
The 20-year-old, an FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League-winner during his time in the Chelsea Academy, moves to Wearside for what will be his first Championship loan.
He had this to say on the move;
“As soon as he called me I couldn’t wait to come and my mind was pretty much made up,”
“One of the reasons I’ve come to the club is because the manager is great with young players, so I can’t wait to learn from him.”
“I feel like I’m now ready for the next step up in my career.
“I had a little bit of a taster [at Bristol Rovers last season] and it was cut short through injury, so hopefully I can play a lot of games until the end of the season and we can do well.
“The fan base is massive here and there’s also the stature of the manager and the assistant manager, who were both centre backs, so I feel like I can learn a lot from them.
“I can’t wait to get started.”
Clarke-Salter has been with Chelsea for over 10 years joining the club in 2006. He has made two first-team appearances, the first coming off the bench against Aston Villa in March 2016.
This season he came on in the second half of our Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest and was named among the substitutes for our 0-0 FA Cup draw at Norwich on Saturday.
He had a spell on loan with Bristol Rovers last season before being part of the England side that won the U20 World Cup in South Korea.