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Jan 31, 2014

Gael Kakuta signs for Lazio

Chelsea midfielder Gael Kakuta has moved on loan to Lazio for the rest of the 2013-14 season.

Once tipped as a future star after outshining the likes of Clement Grenier, Alexandre Lacazette and Antoine Griezmann in France's junior sides, Kakuta, 22, has faded after a series of underwhelming loan moves while his former teammates have taken centre stage.

"It's a huge waste, because I've already said it and I'll repeat it: he was the most talented one of his generation," French scout Guy Hillion told L'Equipe earlier this week of Kakuta, who recently decided to end his loan deal at Vitesse Arnhem early and was training with Chelsea's reserve team.

"He could be exceptional. But talent is not enough. There comes a time, when you accumulate failures, that there are problems at every club you go to, you have to ask yourself the right questions and question yourself. Because before Arnhem, there was Bolton, Fulham and Dijon."

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