Pasalic leaves Chelsea for loan deal with Elche

The midfielder, who only joined the club from Hajduk Split earlier this summer, has joined the Liga club on a short-term deal in search of first-team football
Chelsea have confirmed that teenager Mario Pasalic has moved to Spanish side Elche on a season-long loan.

The Croatia international only joined the Blues in the summer from Hajduk Split but will now spend next season in La Liga with Fran Escriba's side.

A creative midfielder, Pasalic scored 11 goals in 36 appearances in 2013-14 and was included in his country's provisional squad for the 2014 World Cup.

He will now continue his football development with Elche, who finished 16th in the Spanish top-flight last season.