Chelsea midfielder Juan Castillo has confirmed on social media that he will be leaving the club this summer.
Twitter: Juan Castillo cleaning out his locker. Good luck in the future. He will be known as another one that got away in a… https://t.co/0PJRf3jlry (@CarefreeYouth)
The Dutchman is out of contract at the end of next month and has clearly decided not to pen a new deal with Chelsea and, instead, seek a new club for next season.
He made 21 appearances for Chelsea’s under-23’s in the league last season, playing at left-back and left-midfield and also played four times in the EFL Trophy for the club.
Castillo joined Chelsea from the famed Ajax academy in 2016, signing a three-year deal at the time, and will now move on to the next chapter in his career.
He has already been capped seven times by Holland at under-19 level and is highly regarded, which means it will come as a blow for Chelsea to lose him at this point in his career.
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