Jamal Blackman will join past and present Leeds and Chelsea colleagues at Dutch club

This general view shows stewards after the UEFA Europa League Group K football match between Vitesse Arnhem and Nice at the Gelredome stadium in Arnhem on December 7, 2017.

The Chelsea goalkeeper is recovering from an injury suffered while at Leeds United last season.

Jamal Blackman of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane on February 20, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

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.

"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."

The Leeds striker Jay-Roy Grot is currently on loan at Vitesse - who are one of Chelsea's affiliate clubs - as is the Blues winger Charly Musonda.

(L-R) Jay-Roy Grot of Vitesse, Frederik Midtsjo of AZ during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Vitesse Arnhem and AZ Alkmaar at Gelredome on September 01, 2019 in Arnhem, The Netherlands

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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