Friday, 31st January, 2014

Lazio have completed the capture of Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The move was revealed by both clubs today, with Kakuta departing Stamford Bridge for his fifth temporary stint.

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Kakuta is contracted at Chelsea until 2015, while he previously spent time at Fulham, Bolton Wanderers, Dijon and Vitesse.

Lazio are understood to have retained the purchase option for Kakuta, while Chelsea said in a statement: "Gael Kakuta has today (Friday) completed a loan move to Lazio until the end of the season.


"The French winger or attacking midfielder, who spent the past season and a half on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, moved to Chelsea from Lens in 2007 and has made 16 appearances for our first team."

Kakuta recently ended his Vitesse spell, that left some in Chelsea baffled, while he was understood to have been a makeweight in Chelsea's attempts to land Nemanja Matic from Benfica.

Chelsea scout Guy Hillion was quoted earlier this week as saying: "Quite frankly, I do not know why he ended his story with the Dutch club

"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."

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