Chelsea youngster Josh McEachran has reportedly asked the club to find him a loan move in Spain, in what would be his fifth spell away from the club in two-and-a-half years.
McEachran has struggled to break into the first-team since his Chelsea debut in 2010, aged 17, failing to impress during loan spells at Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford and Wigan Athletic between 2012 and 2014.
Widely hailed as a future England star coming through the academy, the 21-year-old signed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge in July 2011, but now wants the chance to try his hand abroad in his efforts to realise his undoubted potential.
With second division clubs Real Zaragoza and Recreativo Huelva already showing interest, McEachran is said to have asked the club’s hierarchy to help him learn Spanish in preparation for a move, although his £30,000-per-week wages could prove a stumbling block unless Chelsea are willing to cover the costs.
With both England manager Roy Hodgson and now-Roma defender Ashley Cole recently stating that the national side would benefit from more players abroad, McEachran’s ambitions come as a breath of fresh air to many, though whether a potential spell elsewhere in Europe will in fact benefit his game remains to be seen.
Having first burst onto the scene to help England under-17s win the 2010 European Championship, the young midfielder still has plenty of time on his side, though this upcoming season could prove a crucial one towards determining his future at his current club.