Chelsea sell 'next Van Dijk' as youngster Xavier Mbuyamba leaves in permanent transfer ahead of academy exodus | The Sun

CHELSEA have sold highly rated youngster Xavier Mbuyamba, who was once dubbed the 'next Virgil van Dijk'.

Many were excited to see what career Mbuyamba could make for himself at Stamford Bridge after he was poached from Barcelona's famous La Masia academy in 2020.

However, things didn't go to plan for the 20-year-old.

Injuries stalled his Blues career and after he was denied a loan move away from the club on January, he has been keen to leave Chelsea.

Mbuyamba has decided to return to his homeland and play for FC Volendam in the Eredivisie.

Mbuyamba was once dubbed the 'next Van Dijk' due to his stature, ability on the ball and nationality.

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On the move, Mbuyamba says the confidence Volendam showed in him was the deciding factor.

He told the Dutch side's official website: "After being away for three seasons, I am happy to return to the Dutch fields at FC Volendam.

"I have experienced many beautiful things in recent years and have developed well. 

"Now I am 20 years old and I think I am ready for first team football. 

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"FC Volendam offers me a platform where I can prove myself in the Eredivisie and further develop myself. 

"During the conversations with the club I felt that they have a lot of confidence in me and that was one of the reasons I made the choice to come here. 

"I am excited to start this new challenge and make something beautiful out of it.”

Mbuyamba's exit is expected to be one of many on transfer deadline day.

The Standard are reporting moves for Jayden Wareham, Joe Haigh, Xavier Simons and Bryan Fiabema are also on the cards.

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