Chelsea to send Wallace out on loan

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Chelsea will send young Brazilian defender Wallace out on loan to aid his bid to be granted a work permit to play in England, Blues manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.

The 19-year-old was signed by Chelsea from Fluminense in a £4 million deal during the January transfer window, but was immediately sent back to the Brazilian club to complete the season.

Wallace made his debut for the Chelsea first-team this week during the pre-season victory over the Singha All-Stars, but his stay with the Stamford Bridge will be short lived.

The full-back will now be touted around to clubs in Europe where the intention is for him to further his education for at least one season, in the hope he will gain permission to play in the Premier League once his loan spell has been completed.

Mourinho, though, is content with losing Wallace so soon after after he joined Chelsea, and believes he would be best served playing else where for the time being, with Branislav Ivanovic and Cesar Azpilicueta already ahead of him in the club's selection order.

"He's a very good player - but he won't be staying with us because we have Ivanovic and Azpilicueta for the same position," Mourinho told The Mirror.

"Because he is non-EU we'll not get the work permit, it'll be too early, so he'll go on loan for a season.

"We'll get the best option for him, in Europe. We want him to adapt.

"He's very mature for his age, comfortable with the ball. He has the quality of a Brazilian full-back, likes to attack and create.

"So we'll see the best of him: he has talent and is one more investment for this club, a good investment, because the kid is a very good player."

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