The official Chelsea FC website confirmed today that youngster Mario Pasalic is heading to Spanish La Liga club Elche on a season-long loan deal. The Croatian midfielder had just arrived from Croatian club Hadjuk Split this summer but it was believed that he was heading out on loan since he arrived to Cobham. The only question that remained was whether or not he would be heading to Chelsea’s pseudo feeder club Vitesse Arnhem.
Chelsea have had recent success with sending their players out on loan to Spanish sides. Marko Marin did well enough to win the Europa League with Sevilla and Oriol Romeu was first choice at Valencia until injuries took their toll. Lucas Piazon spent some time at Malaga last season and was able to feature in some Champions League matches as well. Elche is far off from the Champions League places but Mario Pasalic should have no trouble breaking in to a relatively weak starting eleven.
Mario Pasalic has today (Tuesday) completed a season-long loan deal to Spanish side Elche.
The 19-year-old Croatian joined Chelsea from Hajduk Split earlier in the summer, and will spend the forthcoming campaign in Spain’s top division.
A creative midfielder with an eye for goal, Pasalic was a part of Croatia’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad, having scored 11 times in 36 appearances for his club side last season.
Elche finished 16th in La Liga last time out, avoiding relegation by a single point. They are coached by Fran Escriba.
You can keep up with his progress over the course of the 2014/15 season here on the official Chelsea website.
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Mario Pasalic is a central attacking midfielder who tries to model his game after his hero Frank Lampard. It is a shame that he will not be able to play alongside his hero but being associated with the club where Lampard became a legend will have to suffice. Pasalic has much to prove if he wants to become a Chelsea regular and doing well in Spain would be a great first step for the youngster.
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