Chelsea have confirmed the transfer of 18-year-old Bekanty Victorien Angban to Sint-Truidense on loan ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The club’s official website announced that the Ivorian midfielder would be competing for the Belgian Jupiler Pro League outfit that clinched promotion back to the country’s top-flight division last season.
Angban, who represented his country at the African U20 Championship in Senegal this year, becomes the latest Chelsea player to secure a season-long loan across Europe, with eight of his teammates having already made moves.
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The youngster only signed in January from his native Ivory Coast from Stade d’Abidjan FC and is one of the few players not to have been shipped out to popular destination Vitesse Arnhem.
Lewis Baker, Isiah Brown and Danilo Pantic will follow Brazilian midfielder Nathan to the Eredivisie this coming campaign. Denmark and Croatia internationals Andreas Christensen and Mario Pasalic will play their football in Germany (Borussia Monchengladbach) and France (AS Monaco) respectively, whilst Dutchman Marco van Ginkel returns to England in the form of Stoke City.
Van Ginkel is perhaps the most high-profile of the group, coming off the back of a largely uneventful spell in Italy. He spent the early months sidelined with an ankle injury, before finishing the season strong, appearing in all of AC Milan’s league games from mid-March onwards.
In the end, he could only manage a single goal and assist and is now Mark Hughes’ seventh acquisition of the close season.
For Angban it is to be believed that he will be a part of Sint-Truidense's pre-season preparations, which include hosting Championship side Charlton Athletic. However he joins late, as it will be the conclusive fixture of their summer, with the club facing domestic rivals Club Brugge on July 24.
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