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Report: Serbian teenager comments on joining Chelsea and moving out on loan

Chelsea are said to have struck a deal for Danilo Pantic.

In a report published by the Daily Star, Serbian youngster Danilo Pantic has told the press of his deal with Chelsea and impending move to Vitesse on loan.

Reports in the Serbian paper Vecernje Novosti surfaced on Monday claiming that the Blues had struck a deal with Partizan and compensation for his signature was to be paid over the coming days.

The deal may come as a surprise to many, considering that he is relatively unknown outside of Serbia and at just 18-years-old he is yet to make a full international appearance.

The West Londoners, however, have in recent seasons begun to bring in youth players and concentrate on providing the first-team with Europe’s next big stars.

Pantic is described as a technical midfield player, having made his debut at just 16-years-old and competing in this season's Europa League campaign.

He appears well-grounded and realistic, telling the press that only a good spell at the Blues’ partner club Vitesse will provide him with the opportunity to impress boss Jose Mourinho.

"As an 18-year-old it’s hard to get a chance at Chelsea straight away,” he was quoted as saying by the Daily Star.

"I already know a lot about Vitesse. It’s a big club where many young players play and games will be played offensively. If I play well at Vitesse, then I will go back to Chelsea."

The Premier League leaders have a Serbian contingent beginning to show, with fellow professionals Nemanja Matic and Branislav Ivanovic on the club’s books.

Pantic is to join fellow youngster Wallace, Bertrand Traore and Josh McEachran out on loan at Dutch outfit Vitesse.

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