Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour react as latest Chelsea player confirms exit

Jack Wakely recently announced on his Instagram that he would be departing Chelsea after a decade of service to the club.

Wakely joined the Blues at Under-9 level and steadily worked his way up through the ranks until he reached the development side.

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In 2019, the 20-year-old signed for Basingstoke Town of the Southern Premier South Division on loan, making 15 appearances en route.

Earlier this year, he moved to Brighton & Hove Albion to gain experience in their Under-23 squad.

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His latest excursion was to link up with Wycombe Wanderers for pre-season training and even took part in a friendly match against Chesham United.

The defender didn’t make it clear where his next destination would be after Chelsea but was prepared for the challenge.

After uploading to social media, several of the Blues family sent their best wishes to Wakely.

Conor Gallagher and Billy Gilmour left goodbye messages, as they both would have been in the same age group growing up.

Tino Anjorin and Tariq Lamptey also waved farewell.

Wakely is not the first, and probably won’t be the last, academy product to leave Chelsea this summer.

Marc Guehi, Fikayo Tomori, Lewis Bate, and Dynel Simeu have all exited Stamford Bridge permanently.

Tino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris are set to also part ways with their Cobham crib.

Tammy Abraham might not be too far behind them either.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.