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Well Leicester is the club being suggested but this isn't confirmed. But he's out on loan to someone - Neil Bath has confirmed it (according to chelseayouth on Twitter). very pleased that he's not part of the Luiz deal.

Don't take Twitters word for it, I heard Neil Bath (Chelsea Academy manager) say during half time of the reserves match v Arsenal that "Patrick was going on loan".

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I read somewhere that Van Aanholt is in talks relating to a loan move to Leicester and is apparently undergoing a medical at the Walkers Stadium. Perhaps someone could verify it.

If true it's a good move as I'd hate to see him go to Benfica.

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I read somewhere that Van Aanholt is in talks relating to a loan move to Leicester and is apparently undergoing a medical at the Walkers Stadium. Perhaps someone could verify it.

If true it's a good move as I'd hate to see him go to Benfica.

Come on Randy, I expected better from you. Its not Leicester, its AND Leicester. :laugh2:

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Leicester. Confirmed:

VAN AANHOLT TO LEICESTER

Chelsea Football Club can confirm that we have reached agreement with Leicester City for the loan of Patrick van Aanholt until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old left-back has played eight times for Chelsea, six times this season, and scored his first goal for the club against Newcastle United in the Carling Cup in September.

The Dutch Under 21 international enjoyed two loan spells last season, first with Coventry City where he made 20 appearances in a half-season deal, and a month with Newcastle, for whom he appeared seven times.

Leicester, managed by Sven Goran Eriksson, are currently 11th in the Championship, six points from the play-off places.

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Great so PF can get more game time...

It's difficult to think of a more negative outlook.

Shame because it's so easy to be positive about this. Here's an obvious one:

"Great now Van Aanholt has the chance to get a good few months first team action under his belt."

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I was hoping he'd go to a Premiership side to be honest. The thing he lacks is defensive ability, and playing for a side fighting relegation he's going to learn that far quicker than playing for a side looking for promotion from the Championship. Just my opinion, of course, but still.

At least he'll get a fair few games, though. He did well at Newcastle by all accounts last season, so would be good for him to do it again.

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Leicester assistant manager Derek Fazackerley told the club's official website: 'Patrick is another quality addition to our squad. He is a talented young footballer with good skill, natural pace and the required hunger and desire to do well in the game.

'Although Ben Mee can play at left-back, Bruno Berner is our only specialist player in that position so this was an area we needed to add to.

'Patrick has impressed at Chelsea, Coventry and Newcastle and we are certain he will do likewise at the Walkers Stadium.'

Which means he should get plenty of game time.

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A bit annoyed about this one to be honest. Cole is our only other proper left back (Zhirkov is left wing really), and he's getting on and is playing through the pain. We needed Van Aanholt to come in for a few games here and there to take the burden off of Cole in every match.

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Great so PF can get more game time...

OR, on a slightly more positive note, we have a full international full back who plays at left back for his country and is more than adequate backup should Ashley, Yuri and potentially Luiz all get injured.

A bit annoyed about this one to be honest. Cole is our only other proper left back (Zhirkov is left wing really), and he's getting on and is playing through the pain. We needed Van Aanholt to come in for a few games here and there to take the burden off of Cole in every match.

Yuri is a very good left back cover, and Luiz is also alleged to be comfortable there. Also, see above!

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Maybe this is an indication of our confidence about signing David Luiz? As has been pointed out elsewhere, he can also play left back.

Yes he can so don't know why people are going all crazy, Luiz could very well turn out to be a left sided version of Ivanovic, still only if we manage to sign him before the window shuts.

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The problem for me is that the club took a conscious decision in the summer to promote some youngsters to the first team squad as replacements for fading stars. We are halfway through the season and it is clear that the club believes that most, if not all, are not ready to step up.

Bruma may well go on loan if and when Luiz arrives. Van Aanholt and Kakuta have gone on loan. Borini is personna non grata over contract wrangles.

That basically leaves Sturridge, who is struggling to get a game ahead of Kalou, and Josh who looks like the only one who really is ready but who is being treated with kid gloves.

If ever you needed evidence that the club believe they have cocked it up, then there it is.

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