June 6, 2023


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Andrey Santos rejoins Vasco da Gama on loan after work permit struggles

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Chelsea midfielder Andrey Santos has completed a loan move back to Vasco da Gama.

The 18-year-old joined from the Brazilian club in the January transfer window as part of the Blues’ hefty midseason recruitment drive.

Following his move Santos was given permission to take part in the Under-20 South American Championship, where he went on to star and end as a tournament winner and top scorer.

He is also set to lead Brazil again at the Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia in May.

The decision has now been made for him to return to Brazil on loan to gain valuable competitive minutes.

He is then expected to join the Chelsea first-team squad in the summer as part of the club’s continued efforts to reshape their midfield.

“Andrey Santos is moving back to Brazil, re-joining his previous club Vasco da Gama on loan,” a club statement read.

“The 18-year-old midfielder signed for Chelsea in January from his boyhood club, whom he helped to promotion to the top flight last year.

“He now has the opportunity to develop further at that level.”

Chelsea return to action in the Premier League against Leeds on Saturday.

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