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Pasalic: Lampard the reason I joined Chelsea

ESPN staff
July 9, 2014
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Chelsea have completed the signing of midfielder Mario Pasalic from Croatian club Hajduk Split.

Under-21 international Pasalic, 19, was named in his country's provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup, but did not make the final 23.

That followed a season in which he scored 11 goals in 36 senior appearances, attracting the attention of several clubs.

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But he said he opted to move to Stamford Bridge because Frank Lampard is his hero.

"I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player," he told Chelsea's official website. "I am very impressed by the training ground, and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career.

"I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player."

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