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Danilo Pantić training with FK Partizan, wants Chelsea to release him — report

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Okaaay??

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The last time we heard, Danilo Pantić’s boyhood club, FK Partizan were interested in taking the youngster on loan again (for the third time in the last four years). Now, as per a report from Serbian paper Telegraf, it appears that Pantić is already making preparations for that future by training with the Partizan players in Belgrade.

Presumably, Chelsea have given him permission to do so. Pantić had returned to Chelsea after his loan to Fehérvár FC in the first half of the season did not work out and the Hungarian side sent him back in January.

Here’s the interesting bit though: Pantić doesn’t want another loan. He wants to move back permanently to Partizan. Trouble is, Partizan have no money, and no other team are apparently willing to pay Chelsea’s €3m asking price either.

Therefore, in order to facilitate things, Pantić supposedly wants to break his current contract with Chelsea, which expires in 2021, and become a free agent. As per the report, he has even hired a legal team to achieve that objective.

While it was always unlikely that Chelsea would make a huge profit on the 23-year-old who was signed for just around £1m in 2015, it remains to be seen whether the Blues would actually let him go for free. Chelsea have done that before with players in the Academy, though usually only in the final six months of their contracts.