Chelsea player sends farewell to loan club ahead of reportedly imminent January move

Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin has sent a farewell message to Lokomotiv Moscow as he is reportedly close to joining a second loan club this season.

The 20-year-old joined the Russian club on a season-long loan deal last summer before a broken metatarsal forced him to make an early return to Chelsea in November for recovery.

His latest social media update suggests that he does not plan to go back to the Russian club.

“I want to say thank you to all the players, staff, and fans of Lokomotiv Moscow for making me feel welcome, supporting me and helping me grow as a person,” the winger wrote on Instagram.

“I wish everyone associated to the club the best of luck in the future.”

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Despite mostly playing in a familiar left-winger position, Anjorin had yet to establish himself as a regular starter at Lokomotiv up until his Chelsea return.

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel has also had plethora of attacking options at his disposal, particularly left-wingers.

Southampton are reportedly keen on signing the versatile player. The winger’s father and agent, Sheriff, recently confirmed ongoing talks over a potential January move with the Saints.

However, any potential deal seems unlikely, at least in this transfer window, although, various reports claim Southampton will continue their pursuit for the Chelsea academy graduate in the summer.

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According to a recent report from Football London, Anjorin is now close to joining Championship side Huddersfield Town on loan for the remainder of the season.

Anjorin is under contract with Chelsea until 2025 (via Transfermarkt), so the club is not exactly under pressure to cash in on him.

Chelsea had reportedly inserted a £17million option to buy in the loan deal with Lokomotiv, and as per Goal, they would likely accept a similar price for the player.

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