New Chelsea signing ahead of loan: Always dreamt I would play in Spain

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The new Blues man has been talking about his upcoming loan switch to La Liga.

Chelsea's ongoing recruitment of talented youngsters, and then sending them out on loan to other leagues, has shown no signs of abating this summer, and in their signing of Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split they look like having one of Croatia's future stars on their hands.

After a superb breakthrough season in which the 19-year-old attacking midfielder scored 11 goals in 32 games, Pasalic was snapped up by the Blues at the start of July, and rather than experiencing the new season turning out for the Chelsea Under-21 team the club have announced that the Croatian will head out to La Liga on loan with Elche.

Though Elche only just managed to escape relegation last year, it is hoped Pasalic will get regular football in a competitive league before returning to Stamford Bridge for reassessment next summer.

And the player himself was delighted with the loan switch, telling Croatian media that he had always hoped for the chance to play in Spain, as well as saying that Jose Mourinho would keep in contact with him during his spell abroad.

"Mourinho told me that I'm on the best way to one day return to Chelsea," Pasalic said. "He also told me that I must do my best on loan in Spain because he will keep track of all my games.

"Director of sport Michael Emenalo also told me that he and Mourinho will come to see me in Spain. I like this option from Elche... I always dreamed that I would play in La Liga once."

Mourinho and Chelsea fans will watch with interest to see how their promising midfielder, who was on Croatia's standby list for the World Cup, performs in a league still rated as the best in the world by Uefa.

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