Stuttgart sign Chelsea Academy player Clinton Mola
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The Blues should have used the transfer window to buy players.

Instead, another youth player has left the club.

Chelsea have confirmed that 18-year-old midfielder Clinton Mola has left the club to join Stuttgart on a permanent transfer. Mola made 22 appearances for Chelsea academy teams and scored four goals this season. The Blues made this known in a statement on their official website on Friday.

The statement read: “Academy midfielder Clinton Mola has today completed a permanent transfer to German second division side Stuttgart. Mola joined our Academy following a successful trial period as an Under-14 after being scouted playing grassroots football in north London. The versatile midfielder, 18, has made a total of 22 appearances for our Academy teams this season, scoring four goals in the Premier League 2 campaign.”

It comes just a day after it was confirmed that Tariq Lamptey, Mola’s teammate from the youth ranks, will also be leaving on a cheap deal six months before his contract ends, in his case going to Brighton. This is a worrying trend, and one wonders what can really be done – it’s hardly like any more opportunities can be made in the first team for youth players.



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