CHELSEA defender Jay Dasilva has joined Charlton on loan until the end of the season.
The England Under-19 international has made 16 appearances for Chelsea’s Development squad this season.
And he will now move to Charlton when the January transfer window opens on Sunday to gain first-team experience.
The 18-year-old, who trained with his new team-mates today, becomes Karl Robinson’s first signing for the League One club.
Dasilva said: “I’m delighted to sign here on loan until the end of the season and I cannot wait to get started.
“This is my first loan move, so I’m itching to get going and I’m looking forward to getting familiar with everything around here.
“I see myself as an attack-minded player. I’m not the tallest but I’m very quick and this is the next step for me in my development as a player.
“I think that Charlton is the right place for me to take that step.”
Mark Clattenburg: This Chelsea incident made me consider quitting refereeing
MARK CLATTENBURG has revealed he deliberated over giving up on refereeing after Chelsea accused him of racism.
The Premier League official was investigated after it was claimed he made a racist remark towards John Obi Mikel in 2012.
Clattenburg was eventually cleared by the FA as the Chelsea midfielder was charged with misconduct following the Blues’ heated 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Stamford Bridge four years ago.
But the whole incident, which Chelsea refused to apologise for, certainly took its toll on the 41-year-old, who was named the Referee of the Year this week.
“The mental strength of refereeing now is probably one of the biggest things,” Clattenburg told AP.
“It was a tough moment in life [in the aftermath of the Chelsea accusation], it was a tough moment for the family and the pressures were huge.
“The Chelsea thing happened in 2012 and it took me a little while to come back because I didn’t know if I wanted to referee or not because I lost the love for refereeing.
“If I look at the positive side of it, it has actually helped us to where I am now and how I am as a person because to deal with something like that allowed us to deal with a lot of other pressures outside of the game. It made me stronger.
“I am strong willed now. I do what I believe is correct. I’m a professional but I have to make sure I apply my personality to the pitch because you have to have personality and not robots. Players want a little bit of personality.”
Over the New Year period, Clattenburg has been appointed for just West Brom’s clash with Hull on January 2.
Meanwhile, Bobby Madley will take charge when Premier League leaders Chelsea take on Stoke at Stamford Bridge tomorrow (3pm).
Midfielder agrees to Chelsea transfer… but the move has a huge problem – reports
CHELSEA midfielder John Obi Mikel has agreed to leave and join Inter Milan – but the Italian giants don’t want him!
Blues ace Mikel hasn’t played a first-team game this season under Antonio Conte.
The Nigeria international has also been left out of Chelsea’s squad altogether on numerous occasions.
According to Italian outlet Calciomercato, Mikel has told Inter he’s ready to join them on loan in January.
However, the move is in major doubt as they add that Inter have their eyes elsewhere.
Liverpool’s Lucas Leiva and Wolfsburg ace Luis Gustavo top their wish list – with Mikel a back-up option.
Calciomercato reckon an agreement is yet to be reached between Inter and the Reds for Lucas over a January loan move.
Mikel reportedly has offers from the MLS and France to quit Stamford Bridge, with Marseille keen to land the midfielder.