Young midfielder Cesare Casadei has moved on loan to Reading in the Championship for the rest of the 2022/23 season.

The Italy Under-21 international, who turned 20 earlier this month, joined Chelsea from Inter Milan at the start of the current campaign and has featured regularly for our development squad during the first half of the season.

Casadei has scored five times in 13 appearances – all of which have come from the start – for Mark Robinson’s side across the Premier League 2 and Papa John’s Trophy, in addition to being part of the group that travelled with Graham Potter’s squad for a winter training camp in Abu Dhabi last month.

One of those five strikes, against Peterborough United’s senior side in the Papa John’s Trophy second round, was particularly memorable, being voted as Chelsea’s Goal of the Month for November.

Casadei will now continue his development and adaptation to English football at Reading, where he will join another Chelsea loanee, Baba Rahman. The Royals are managed by legendary England midfielder Paul Ince and sit 16th in a tight Championship table, five points off the play-off places.

Good luck for the rest of the season, Cesare!