Chelsea sweat on starlet's work permit

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Chelsea continue to wait on a work permit application for Serbian defender Slobodan Rajkovic.

The 22-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge for £4 million back in 2005 - a world record fee at the time for a player under 18 - but is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Blues.

After loan spells at PSV Eindhoven, FC Twente and Vitesse Arnhem, the youngster was involved in senior pre-season plans at Chelsea under Andre Villas-Boas, with the former Porto boss eager to include the player in first team activity.

"The first steps towards me staying in Chelsea is a work permit," said the player after another international appearance, against Russia.

"The procedure has not started yet, because I have waited to sign a new contract.

"I would stay with Chelsea, even if I struggled to get on the bench. My greatest desire is to stay in London."


The youngster closed by paying tribute to the new Chelsea boss, who has given him an opportunity to shine at the club following his arrival at Stamford Bridge.

Valenciennes in France are believed to be monitoring the situation closely and are keen on bringing the player to France, but it's clear Rajkovic's first option is to fight for a place at Chelsea.

"I am especially grateful to the coach, he has given me my first chance since I arrived at the club. I have a great desire to prove myself, all my team-mates have accepted me and it is a pleasure to play and train with them," he continued.

"There is the option to back somewhere on loan."

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