Anderlecht have confirmed the loan signing of Chelsea midfielder Marko Marin until the end of the season, with the Germany ace set to embark on his third spell away from Stamford Bridge.
As relayed on their official Twitter account, Anderlecht welcomed Marin with open arms, with the Belgian side possessing the option to sign him in a permanent deal come the summer.
Marin to Anderlecht
The 25-year-old, though looking impressive during a temporary move to Sevilla in La Liga last term, was unable to make an impact at Fiorentina, leading to the Italian club opting to cut-short his loan.
As such he was forced to return to Chelsea, who already boast a formidable midfield including the likes of Nemanja Matic, Francesc Fabregas and Ramires.
The former Werder Bremen man has only managed 15 appearances across all competitions since joining the Blues in 2012, and so the chances of him ousting any of Mourinho’s title contenders this season were always bordering on the slim.
Developing his career
Now though he’ll have the opportunity to prove a point when he begins his career in Belgium, with Anderlecht one of the most famous clubs in the country. Marin will be looking to capture the attentions of Europe’s elite sides in the time between now and the end of the season, though Anderlecht will have first refusal thanks to their agreement with his parent club.
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Though the midfielder’s absence from Stamford Bridge won’t be too notable, Marin’s departure does once again throw up the argument raged between those in favour of Chelsea’s profitable loan system, and those against it.
Chelsea's loan system
Aside from Thibaut Courtois, who returned from a three-year spell at Atletico Madrid last summer to oust Petr Cech from his position between the sticks, virtually all of the young players Chelsea have bought in recent years have failed to earn a spot in the club’s first-team after spending time on loan.
Romelu Lukaku came close but ended up being sold to Everton by Mourinho, and players like Kevin de Bruyne and Patrick van Aanholt suffered similar fates. For current loanees such as Ryan Bertrand, currently at Southampton, and Thorgan Hazard, at Borussia Monchengladbach, there may be a future yet in west London. For Marin, it looks as though his time is up.