Thomas Tuchel was reportedly eager to keep Tino Anjorin at Chelsea this season before he joined Lokomotiv Moscow on loan.
This is according to football.london, who claim the German coach had aspirations of working with Anjorin for the term.
Tuchel had been impressed by the teenager’s performances in training following his takeover from Frank Lampard in January.
Although Anjorin hardly stepped foot on the pitch for the first team, he was regularly involved with the seniors at Cobham.
“He’s confident, he’s strong, he’s creative. He scores a lot of goals and assists a lot of goals in training,” said Tuchel last month about the academy graduate.
However, the young midfielder clearly felt his progression would be best served away from Stamford Bridge.
His move to Lokomotiv was confirmed earlier today, a deal that could involve a permanent £17m (football.london) transfer in January.
Such is Chelsea’s business acumen, there is apparently a buy-back clause of around £34m (football.london).
The Blues have included similar passages in the contracts of Tammy Abraham, Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento, all pupils of the Cobham school.
Anjorin is the latest to flee the nest after an exodus of young talents left Chelsea in the summer.
Lokomotiv were seemingly not the only club interested in the 19-year-old.
football.london say there were approaches from Italy, Spain, Switzerland and Holland, whilst a Bundesliga side also put their name forward.
It says a lot about the player’s potential and talents that so many have demonstrated intrigue, despite his lack of game time last year.
He made 14 appearances in 2020/21, but 11 of those were for the U-23s side.