Tuesday, 28th January, 2014

Chelsea scout Guy Hillion was left baffled by Gael Kakuta's decision to end his loan spell at Vitesse Arnhem and end up training with the reserves at Stamford Bridge.

Kakuta returned from his temporary stint in the Eredivisie this month having struggled to lay down a starting role.

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The 22-year-old is understood to be unhappy at being a loan journeyman in football, having spent previous spells at Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Dijon.

Kakuta was once part of a rising generation in France's national set-up but is now in danger of losing out on a senior cap.


"Quite frankly, I do not know why he ended his story with the Dutch club", Hillion was told L'Equipe.

"It's a huge mess because, I have already said and I will repeat, he was the most talented of this generation. He could be exceptional.

"But talent is not enough. At one point, when you accumulate failures, you must ask the right questions and challenge. Because before Arnhem, there was Bolton, Fulham and Dijon."

Kakuta has been contracted at Chelsea since 2007 – when he left Lens – but has made just 16 appearances for the first team.

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