Jordan Houghton joins Gillingham on loan from Chelsea

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Chelsea have confirmed the latest departure of the summer on their official website, with young midfielder Jordan Houghton joining Gillingham on loan.

The versatile 19-year-old, who can also play in defence, is the 12th player to leave Stamford Bridge on a temporary deal this summer and is set to continue his development with some first team action in League One.

Youth Cup success

Despite having never featured for the Blues first team, big things are expected of the teenager, who was handed the captain's armband for the club's U21 development side last season. He also helped the U18s win the FA Youth Cup, scoring against Fulham in the 7-6, two-legged final victory.

Houghton did travel with the senior squad on the tours of Thailand and Australia after Jose Mourinho's side won the Premier League last season, and the Chelsea boss will have his people keeping a close eye on the player's development at the Priestfield Stadium.

Gills boss Justin Edinburgh is certainly thrilled to have the Chelsea youngster join his squad in Kent, with the former Spurs full-back also revealing that the player chose his club over a number of others.

'Hungry young player'

“I’m really pleased Jordan has chosen to join us until January. He chose us over a number of other clubs and I’m pleased to have secured the signing," he told the Gills' website.

“He is a very hungry young player who has had an excellent grounding at Chelsea; he won the Youth Cup the season before last, playing an integral part in the process, and has represented his country at three different age groups.

“He is a terrific addition to our squad and I look forward to working with him.”

Other Chelsea exits

Houghton's exit continues the policy of sending young players out on loan to continue their development, although Chelsea currently have no other players set to ply their trade in the third tier of English football next season.

They do have two players braced for the Premier League away from Stamford Bridge though, with Christian Atsu at Bournemouth and Marco van Ginkel at Stoke City. Defender Tomas Kalas will also spend time with Middlesbrough following Patrick Bamford's successful spell at the Riverside last term.

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