Clarke-Salter joins Sunderland on loan

Sunderland AFC have completed the loan signing of Chelsea FC defender Jake Clarke-Salter. 

The 20-year-old becomes Chris Coleman’s first signing as Sunderland boss, joining until the end of the season. 

Clarke-Salter featured prominently as England under-20s won the FIFA World Cup last summer, having represented the Three Lions throughout his youth. 

A product of the Blues’ academy, he made his senior Premier League debut for Chelsea in 2016, before joining Bristol Rovers on a season-long loan last year. 

Speaking about the signing, manager Chris Coleman said: “Jake is a hugely talented young player who has jumped at the opportunity to come to this club and show people what he can do. 

“You don’t play for a club like Chelsea unless you have tremendous ability and I’m sure he will be able to demonstrate that for Sunderland. 

“Jake is exactly the type of hungry young player I have spoken about and he has shown me just how keen he is to come to here and play in front of our supporters.”

A quick phone call from Chris Coleman was all our man needed to persuade him to move to Sunderland.

“As soon as he called me I couldn’t wait to come and my mind was pretty much made up,” said Clarke-Salter.

“One of the reasons I’ve come to the club is because the manager is great with young players, so I can’t wait to learn from him.”

He continued: “I feel like I’m now ready for the next step up in my career.

“I had a little bit of a taster [at Bristol Rovers last season] and it was cut short through injury, so hopefully I can play a lot of games until the end of the season and we can do well.

“The fan base is massive here and there’s also the stature of the manager and the assistant manager, who were both centre backs, so I feel like I can learn a lot from them.
“I can’t wait to get started.”