Fulham have completed the signing of Chelsea youth star Gael Kakuta for the remainder of the season after he passed his medical with flying colours early on Wednesday afternoon.
Fulham followed it up with an official statement from the club website:
“Fulham Football Club is delighted to confirm the loan signing of Gael Kakuta from Chelsea until the end of the 2010/11 season.”
Mark Hughes has been an admirer of Kakuta for a while and with his almost starved frontline, Hughes had been in the market for the signing of a big name but inevitably settled for the 19 year old.
Chelsea had signed Kakuta from French side Lens after a rather controversial transfer as Chelsea were reported to have forced the Frenchman to break his contract at the French Ligue 1 side. The Frenchman who is originally of Congolese descent, had enjoyed his time in France and had scored 15 goals in 45 appearances at all levels before his move to Chelsea in 2007.
Kakuta hasn’t enjoyed much success for Chelsea on the pitch but featured in five out of six of Chelsea’s Champions League group matches this season. Kakuta has yet to score a goal for Chelsea.
Kakuta has been widely tipped as the ‘next big thing’ but Ancelotti has opted to go for experience over youth this season as Chelsea look to retain the title for a second successive season.