Chelsea have confirmed that Dominic Solanke has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan.
The 17-year-old striker follows Izzy Brown, Nathan, Danilo Pantic and Lewis Baker in making the move to Chelsea’s Dutch feeder club for the 2015-16 campaign.
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Solanke scored 41 goals for Chelsea’s youth teams last season, helping the club’s Under-18 side win the FA Youth Cup and leading their Under-19s to glory in the UEFA Youth League
Mourinho had previously indicated that the goalscoring prodigy’s development would be better served by remaining at Stamford Bridge, telling getwestlondon.co.uk: “In my opinion, next year, he has two ways to go. One would be a big mistake and another one is the correct direction.
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“To go on loan for a Championship team, or to another team in England or in Europe, would be a big mistake. Staying at Chelsea, training with the first-team, having pre-season with the first-team, some periods cover to the main strikers, playing for the U21s and U18s every week.
“I think he would never need to go out on loan and just go step by step here and in a couple of years he’ll be a first-team player.”
Solanke made his first-team debut for the Blues last season, making a 20-minute cameo in a 6-0 win over NK Maribor in the Champions League in October.
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