Benitez: Chelsea starlet Piazon to join Malaga on loan

The playmaker will spend the remainder of the season at the La Liga outfit as he looks for first-team action in a bid to boost his hopes of establishing himself at Stamford Bridge

Interim Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed highly rated attacking midfielder Lucas Piazon will join La Liga side Malaga on loan until the end of the season.

The Blues beat off competition from a host of European rivals to sign the 18-year-old from Sao Paulo, when he completed a move to Chelsea last January.

Piazon has made three appearances for the club so far - two in the League Cup and one Premier League outing in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa in December 2011.

However, with first-team opportunities likely to be limited due to the stiff competition for places in the youngster’s position, with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar all currently ahead of him, he will join the Spanish outfit.

Malaga currently sits in fifth spot in La Liga and will face Portuguese giants Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League in February.

Piazon has represented Brazil at Under-15 and Under-17 levels and will be hoping to establish himself in Spain under Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.