Chelsea youngster Danilo Pantic joins FK Cukaricki on season-long loan

Chelsea youngster Danilo Pantic has officially joined Serbian club FK Cukaricki on a season-long loan deal which is his fifth temporary spell since joining in 2015.

The 23-year-old’s career at Chelsea has not gone as initially expected.

Signed from FK Partizan five years ago, Pantic spent the next five years as a loanee at Vitesse Arnhem, Excelsior, his old club Partizan (two seasons), and Fehervar last time out.

And now Serbian SuperLiga side Cukaricki have confirmed that Pantic has agreed to join them.

“Great reinforcement for our club. The qualities of Danilo Pantic are well known to everyone,” said Cukaricki sporting director Nenad Mirosavljevic in their official statement.

“He has been with us for a long time, he did all the preparations on Zlatibor, he also played a few friendly matches.

“In the meantime, all formalities have been completed, so Pantic will spend the next year as a loan player of Chelsea in Cukaricki.”

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This is an interesting case because Pantic reportedly requested to terminate his contract with Chelsea so he could join another club as a free agent.

He told Nova in May: “I will certainly not return to Chelsea, I have nothing to look for there.”

While in June, president of the Syndicate of Professional Footballers in Serbia Mirko Poledica, who acted as an intermediary between Chelsea and Pantic, said that the Blues wanted to extend Pantic’s contract until 2023 (Nova).

His initial deal with Chelsea expires next summer which means that, unless he signs a new contract, he will be free to leave at the end of his loan stint with Cukaricki.

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