Defender tells Chelsea he’s leaving

Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt has told reporters that his future does not lay at Stamford Bridge. The 23-year-old was quick to respond to the question, “Where will you be next season?” with a definitive, “It definitely won’t be Chelsea, I am done here.”

Since joining the Blues in 2007, the Dutch international has had loan spells at Newcastle, Leicester, Coventry, Wigan, and a more significant loan spell of two and a half years at Vitesse Arnhem. The agreement between the Dutch club and the London-based club has come to an end and van Aanholt says he needs to be playing more regular first team footbal at his parent club, so a move is on the cards.

Ashley Cole has just left Chelsea, and a deal for Luis Filipe appears imminent, which leave van Aanholt firmly in the cold. The defender is also aware that a move back to the Premier League is not an option at the moment, and may chose to go back to the Netherlands in order to rebuild his career following some very inconsistent years between clubs.

Despite becoming a mainstay in the Vitesse ranks, and appearing 67 times for the club, he has not been given any hope by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that he is needed or wanted by the club. Van Aanholt is your typical Dutch left wing back and with the trend pointing towards attacking wing-backs and hybrid players on the flanks, van Aanholt could certainly be an interesting purchase if he hits the market.

He has one year to go on his Chelsea contract, and the Stamford Bridge men may want to get back some of the money they have invested in the young defender before giving him the chance of leaving on a free next summer.


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