Chelsea's Eduardo completes season-long Vitesse loan move

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The experienced Blues back-up goalkeeper is being given an opportunity with the Eredivisie club on a season-long deal from Stamford Bridge

Vitesse have announced the season-long loan signing of Chelsea's third-choice goalkeeper Eduardo.

He has become the 26th player to make the switch from the Premier League giants to their feeder club, following Jake Clarke-Salter who joined them just four days ago.

The 35-year-old was released at the end of the 2017-18 season, having failed to make a single appearance for the Blues, before signing a one-year extension with the club.

Eduardo will immediately make the switch to Vitesse, however, with the Stamford Bridge outfit paying the entirety of his wages.

It is understood that the goalkeeper is keen on progressing into coaching once his playing days are over, which may be part of the club's motivation for sending him to the Netherlands on a temporary deal as Vitesse operate a system for young coaches to gain experience.

The Eredivisie club are to be managed by Roman Abramovich's personal friend Leonid Slutsky in the upcoming campaign, having qualified for the Europa League last season through the play-offs.

Chelsea will be left with just Thibaut Courtois and Willy Caballero as senior goalkeepers, meaning that they will need to sign another goalkeeper in this summer's transfer window.

Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea, 17/18

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Jamal Blackman will not be involved in first-team affairs next season, despite an impressive season at Sheffield United as the 24-year-old goalkeeper is a target for a number of clubs, with Leeds United reported to be one of those clubs.

Meanwhile, Courtois' future is still in doubt as he has less than one year on his Chelsea contract and is interested in moving back to Madrid to be closer to his family.

Roma's Alisson is understood to be Chelsea's main target should Courtois get his move with Real Madrid, having already established a family in the Spanish capital while on a three-year loan at Atletico Madrid.

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