Chelsea's Kakuta eyes Fulham loan

25 January 2011 07:36
Chelsea's France Under-20 international Gael Kakuta is on the verge of joining local rivals Fulham on loan.The 19-year-old was at the centre of a major row in 2009 when he was accused of breaking his contract with Lens two years before in order to join Chelsea. [LNB]Both Kakuta and Chelsea were given bans that were subsequently overturned. [LNB]The Lille-born winger signed a new four and a half year deal with Chelsea only last month but has now undergone a medical at Fulham. [LNB]Last week, the Fulham manager Mark Hughes said of Kakuta: "He's a player I know and I like the qualities he has." [LNB]The same day Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti said he was considering whether it was a good idea "for a young player to have experience on loan for six months". [LNB]Fellow Chelsea youngster Patrick van Aanholt could also be about to go out on loan, with Leicester City a likely destination. [LNB]The 20-year-old left-back spent most of last season on loan at Coventry and Newcastle. [LNB]Kakuta's time at Chelsea has not always been a happy one. [LNB]He has made 16 appearances for Chelsea but only five starts and was an unused substitute in Monday night's 4-0 Premier League win over Bolton. [LNB]In 2009, he suffered a fractured ankle which kept him out of action for six months.[LNB] is there a plan being set in place for our better youth players to get as much first team action as possible before next season? CFC_Steve Later that year, he was banned from playing for four months and given a fine of more than £670,000 by Fifa for allegedly breaking his contract with former club Lens. [LNB]Chelsea were also fined and banned from any activity during two transfer windows. [LNB]The club appealed against their punishment, claiming that Kakuta did not have a valid contract with the French club. [LNB]The sanctions were lifted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February 2010. [LNB]Kakuta has played for France at every level from Under-16 to Under-20 and in December 2009, aged 18, became the youngest ever player to represent Chelsea in the Champions League.

Source: BBC_Sport