Chelsea deal is all done and dusted as official statement announces move

Chelsea prospect Mario Pasalic has joined Elche on-loan for the coming season, according to the Sky Sports website.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who was named in Croatia’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad but did not make it to Brazil, joined Chelsea from Hajduk Split earlier this month but has been immediately sent out on loan.

Elche confirmed on their website that Pasalic has already passed his medical with the Primera Division club and begun training with his new team-mates.

Speaking at his official presentation, Pasalic said: “I wanted to play in La Liga and my coach (Jose) Mourinho thought the best thing for me was to come to Spain to play against big teams.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity with Elche. I’ve come here because I believe I can be an important player and help the club have a good season.”

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