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Danilo Pantic confirms Chelsea transfer

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Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic has confirmed that he will join Chelsea this month.

Reports in Serbia earlier this week revealed that Chelsea had agreed a compensation fee with Partizan for the 18-year-old's signature - and now the player himself has admitted that a transfer is set to be completed.

The Daily Mail understand that the Premier League side will pay £1.25 million for the Serbia Under-19 international, who made his professional debut in May 2013.

Pantic excited to join Chelsea

Pantic also revealed that he will spend the rest of the 2014-15 campaign on loan with Chelsea's partner club Vitesse, who currently sit mid-table in the Eredivisie table.

"As an 18-year-old it is hard to get a chance at Chelsea and I was immediately excited by the opportunity to play first in the Netherlands. That competition is ideal for young talent and they play attacking football," Pantic told reporters.

"I already know a lot about Vitesse. It's a big club where many young players play and games will be played offensively.

"If I play well at Vitesse, then I will probably go back to Chelsea."

Pantic to join Vitesse on loan

Pantic - who will join fellow Chelsea starlets Wallace, Josh McEachran and Bertrand Traore at Vitesse - initially hit the headlines last August when rumours surfaced that he had agreed a pre-contact agreement with Italian champions Juventus.

It later transpired that he had surprisingly rejected a move to Turin - but clearly feels the time is now right to leave Serbian football.

Competition at Chelsea

Pantic faces a difficult challenge breaking into Chelsea's first team; however, he will be hoping to impress Jose Mourinho when he reports back for pre-season training after his loan with Vitesse expires.

It's possible that the teenager may have been open to joining Chelsea after watching the success of fellow Serbs Branislav Ivanovic and Nemanja Matic, two key players at Stamford Bridge.

Furthermore, the chance to ply his trade alongside some of the world's greatest footballers - including the likes of Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas - is bound to appeal to any talented young player.

But whether he ever makes a senior appearance for Chelsea will ultimately depend on how he performs away from Stamford Bridge beforehand.

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