Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta has completed a permanent move to La Liga outfit Sevilla in a deal worth £2.5 million.
As reported by the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old, who joined the west London outfit back in 2007, passed his medical with the club earlier today, having only made 16 appearances for the Blues throughout his stint with the club.
Last season, as Jose Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title, Kakuta starred for Rayo Vallecano on loan, but will now be determined to continue his improvement in Spain's elite division.
The midfielder, who has played for France at Under 21-level, wasn't able to establish himself at Stamford Bridge throughout his career, so it's not entirely surprising that he's now left the club behind for good.
Sevilla, though, who finished in fifth place in the La Liga last term, will be hoping to get the best out of the player next season as they embark upon a Champions League campaign.
The Spanish outfit, of course, secured qualification to Europe's elite competition after claiming Europa League success last term, so Kakuta could yet come up against his former club next season.
Kakuta to become a star?
There's no doubt about it, Kakuta's permanent departure away from Chelsea has been a long time coming, so it's crucial that he now settles down and produces the goods over the coming years.
Approaching his 24th birthday, he must now kick on and show what he's all about, and perhaps even force his way into the French squad. Of course, his departure from Chelsea should come as a disappointment to the player, as so much was expected of him upon his arrival, but now is the time to look forward. He's certainly at a fine club in Sevilla.
It has to be Europe for Mourinho
As mentioned, Kakuta could come up against the Blues in the Champions League next term, and that is without a doubt the competition Jose Mourinho will be hoping to win in 2015/16.
Ultimately, despite enjoying a wonderful campaign last term, the Portuguese boss would have been left disappointed after his side crashed out at the Round of 16 stage of the competition at the hands of French outfit PSG.
Having failed to secure the Champions League trophy as manager of Chelsea, Mourinho must be desperate to deliver the trophy for the club sooner rather than later.
Let's be honest, the Blues already have a team to challenge for the elite trophy in Europe, but the club's hierarchy will no doubt be hoping to make a couple of key improvements before the start of the new campaign. If they manage to their signings right, then they may well be one of the favourites to claim victorious at the end of next season.
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