London: Chelsea signed Partizan Belgrade midfielder Danilo Pantic on Thursday and immediately sent the highly-rated Serbian teenager out on loan, the Premier League champions confirmed.
Pantic was originally linked with Chelsea in January and the 18-year-old`s move to Stamford Bridge has now been completed.
He will spend the coming season on loan at Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem, who have a partnership deal with Chelsea.
"I am very happy to sign for Chelsea, the champions of the English Premier League, and I hope I can show my value at Vitesse in the coming season. I am honoured at the faith both clubs have shown in me," Pantic told Chelsea`s website.
Pantic caught the eye of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with his impressive displays for Partizan in the Europa League last season and also helped Serbia to the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championships last year.