By Aramide Oladipo
Chelsea central defender Jake Clarke-Salter failed to complete a move to Birmingham City on the final day of the transfer window, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the 19-year-old was set to secure a loan deal with the Championship side but the move failed to materialise as scans showed that Birmingham defender Carl Jenkinson had suffered a serious shoulder injury.
The newspaper reports that the injury setback to Jenkinson, who is currently on loan from Arsenal, forced Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp to pull the plug on the deal and focus on bringing in cover for the right-back position.
Birmingham decided to buy Brentford’s Maxine Colin on a permanent deal which meant that Clarke-Salter would remain at Stamford Bridge this season.
The report claims that Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has decided to keep the teenager as extra cover for the first-team.
The defender has only made one senior appearance for the Premier League champions which came in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa during the 2015-16 campaign.
The youngster was involved in the club’s pre-season tour this summer to China and Singapore where he impressed with his performances.
Clarke-Salter currently has four years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Football Insider verdict
The defender will definitely be disappointed that a move to Birmingham failed to materialise on deadline day. With Birmingham boss Redknapp being so vocal about the need for more additions throughout the window, Clarke-Salter would surely have been given a chance to feature on a weekly basis in the back-four. Although Conte has given the youngster hope of featuring for the first-team this season, he is unlikely to enjoy many minutes especially after the Blues splashed the cash on defenders such as Antonio Rudiger this summer. The teenager might have to settle for appearances in the domestic cup competitions but a deal to Birmingham could still be on the cards during the January transfer window.
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