Ex-Chelsea midfielder makes Leicester City move

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Leicester City have signed ex-Chelsea youngster Conor Clifford until the end of the season.

Clifford was released from Chelsea in January and has signed for Nigel Pearson's men in a bid to boost their promotion chances.

The 21-year-old left the European Champions at the turn of the year after failing to breakthrough into their first-team.

Earlier in the season, he had loan spells at Portsmouth and Crawley Town before the Blues terminated his contract.

Clifford joined Leicester on trial last month and has been a part of their under-21 squad on a number of occasions since.

The midfielder impressed Pearson and has since signed a permanent but short deal at the King Power Stadium.

The Republic of Ireland under-21 international moved to England in join Chelsea in 2007.

Clifford earned the captaincy of the Chelsea reserve squad before leading them to a first FA Youth Cup win in almost 50 years.

Despite this accomplishment, Clifford found himself loaned out to Plymouth Argyle on a one-month deal. He made his debut against Huddersfield Town in a 2-1 win. After extending his deal to December, Clifford returned to Chelsea in the New Year. He moved to Notts County for the remainder of the season.

Clifford had further loan spells at Yeovil Town and Portsmouth, scoring his first career goal against Carlisle United in a 4-2 defeat.

An unsuccessful link up with Crawley Town lead to one appearance before he was sent back to London.

He is now a Leicester City player as the Foxes look to return to form and consolidate their play-off position in the nPower Championship.


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