Bekanty Victorien Angban has become the latest Chelsea player to leave Stamford Bridge on loan, with the club confirming that their young midfielder has joined Belgian Pro League newcomers Sint-Truidense (STVV) for the entire 2015/16 season.
According to an interview club president Abi Koffi Richmond gave to Sky Sports, the 18 year old was courted by Liverpool during his time with Stade d'Abidjan before eventually departing his native Ivory Coast in order to join the Blues during the January transfer window.
Having featured in Chelsea's youth set-up, Angban will now hope to gain plenty of valuable experience at STVV with a club who confirmed their return to the top tier of Belgian football in April after winning the second division title by a nine-point margin over Lommel United.
"Bekanty Victorien Angban has today (Tuesday) moved on loan to Belgian club Sint-Truidense for the 2015/16 season," Chelsea said via a statement on their official website.
"The 18-year-old Ivorian, who signed in January from Stade d'Abidjan FC, is a central midfielder who played and scored for his nation at this year's African Under-20 Championship finals."
Angban is the latest in a very long line of Chelsea players to have been dispatched for loan spells over recent years and the sixth player to move on in just the last five days, with Jose Mourinho able to lay claim to one of the biggest squads in English football.
Isaiah Brown and Brazilian youth international Nathan have headed to the Netherlands and join teammates Lewis Baker and Danilo Pantic as part of a long-established partnership with Eredivisie side Vitesse, while Andreas Christensen joined Borussia Monchengladbach and Josh McEachran opted to leave for Brentford on a permanent transfer.
Marco van Ginkel is set to spend next season with Stoke City following an injury-disrupted spell in Serie A with AC Milan and Christian Atsu will look to recover from a disappointing stint at Everton after joining newly-promoted Bournemouth.
Petr Cech, Thorgan Hazard and Gael Kakuta have also left the club this summer and experienced striker Didier Drogba was released following the end of his one-year deal.
It was reported by The Mirror in May that Chelsea were looking to establish a loan arrangement with Marseille, while the prospect of Mourinho loaning players to reigning Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad was discussed positively by manager and friend Bruno Ribeiro last month.