Chelsea FC announced earlier today that young defender Patrick Van Aanholt has officially made the move to Premier League club Sunderland AFC. Van Aanholt has been in the Chelsea set up since 2007 but has yet to make much of an impact in a Chelsea shirt. He has made loan moves to various clubs across Europe including Vitesse Arnhem where he really made his name. Chelsea appears to have considered him surplus to requirements and have allowed him to move up to Tyneside to join Sunderland.
Patrick van Aanholt has today joined Sunderland on a permanent transfer. The Dutch left-back moved to Stamford Bridge from PSV Eindoven in 2007. Van Aanholt quickly established himself as a regular in our reserve side shortly after joining, and then spent the first half of the 2009/10 season on loan at Coventry City.
After playing seven times for Newcastle United early in 2010 he moved back to the Blues, making his debut for the club as a substitute in a 5-0 win over Portsmouth. He also came off the bench in our 7-1 win over Aston Villa en route to the Premier League title. The following season saw Van Aanholt score his first Chelsea goal, in a League Cup tie against Newcastle, before he joined Leicester City for the remainder of the campaign.
He spent a brief period on loan at Wigan Athletic early in the 2011/12 season, before returning to his native Holland and Vitesse Arnhem. The youngster impressed to such an extent he was loaned back to Vitesse for the whole of the 2012/13 season, playing regularly and consistently as they finished fourth in the Eredivisie.
Ahead of the 2013/14 season it was agreed that van Aanholt would again return to Vitesse, with his impressive form towards the end of the season earning him a place in the provisional Dutch World Cup squad. We would like to thank Patrick for his service and wish him the best of luck for the future.
We here at The Pride of London wish Patrick Van Aanholt the best of luck at his new club, just not when he plays against Chelsea.
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