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Chelsea sign Mario Pasalic

mario-742x285Chelsea have announced the signing of midfielder Mario Pasalic from Hajduk Split.

The 19-year-old, who was named in Croatia’s provisional 30-man World Cup squad, will join up with Jose Mourinho’s squad for its first pre-season training session on Wednesday afternoon.

‘I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player,’ Pasalic told Chelsea’s official club website.

‘I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career.

‘I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player.’

He was unveiled along with centre-back Kurt Zouma, the 19-year-old French Under-21 international who signed for Chelsea from Saint-Etienne in January for £12million before being loaned back to the Ligue 1 club.

Pasalic completed his first full campaign in senior football last season, scoring 11 times in 36 appearances in all competitions and helping Hajduk finish third in the Prva HNL, Croatia’s top tier.

The German-born teenager made his first-team debut towards the end of the 2013/13 season and has represented Croatia at Under-21 level.

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