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Joao Rodriguez in loan talks with Bastia

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SC Bastia are in talks over a move for Chelsea's teenage forward Joao Rodriguez.

French newspaper L'Equipe report that the 18-year-old Rodriguez is close to joining the French team on loan, as Chelsea continue their policy of loaning out their top young academy stars.

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Rodriguez in focus

Signed in 2013, Rodriguez was picked up by Chelsea after a two-month trial with the Stamford Bridge club in 2013. He signed a five-year deal on his 17th birthday, and has since spent time on loan with Deportes Quindio and Uniautonoma in Colombia.

The Colombian under-20 international featured at the recent 2014 Toulon Tournament in France, where he scored against Brazil.

He had been linked with a move to Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie. Chelsea have a close relationship with the Dutch club, having sent several of their youngsters on loan last term.

As many as six Chelsea academy players were on loan at Vitesse at various points last term, and currently Bertrand Traore and Wallace are gaining experience with the Dutch side.

As for Rodriguez, he may not be the only Colombian signing for Bastia this summer. The Corsican club want to sign Juan Pablo Pino, the 27-year-old midfielder, from Greek side Olmpiakos. He spent time back in Colombia last year on loan with Independiente Medellin.

Check out Rodriguez in action for Colombia in this YouTube video...

Bastia play their football in Ligue 1, and are managed by former-Chelsea player Claude Makelele. The 41-year-old played for Chelsea for five years between 2003 and 2008, making more than 100 Premier League appearances and winning two Premier League titles.

Both were under Jose Mourinho, who left for Inter Milan and Real Madrid, before returning in 2013.

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