Jamal Blackman will join past and present Leeds United and Chelsea colleagues at Vitesse Arnhem 'as soon as he is fit again'.
Vitesse announced on Tuesday that Blackman, who is currently recovering from a leg fracture suffered while playing for Leeds Under-23s last November, will train with them after his rehabilitation.
The Dutch side's technical director, Mo Allach, explained via their official website: "As soon as Jamal is fit again, he joins us. Jamal is a good keeper, but he comes back from a serious injury. That is an intensive process.
"In consultation with Chelsea we have determined that he can optimally work his way up to the desired level with us. After all, the gap to the first team of Chelsea is too big at the moment and it is impossible for Jamal to join the youth academy. And so, thanks to the good relationship with Chelsea, we can offer him a solution.
Vitesse huurt Blackman van Chelsea— Vitesse (@MijnVitesse) September 3, 2019
Vitesse biedt Blackman de kans om, nadat zijn revalidatie erop zit, mee te trainen met het eerste elftal
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"Let it be clear that we already have fantastic keepers in our selection, in which we have complete confidence. The deal with Jamal therefore focuses on offering him a platform where he can work towards the desired level again."
Blackman is a product of Chelsea's academy system, but has yet to appear for his parent club despite his 26th birthday fast approaching.
Since 2014, the former England youth international has had temporary spells at Middlesbrough, Östersunds FK, Wycombe Wanderers and Sheffield United, as well as Leeds.
He was about to make his league debut for Leeds when injury struck.
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