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Wigan sign van Aanholt on loan

August 31, 2011

Wigan have confirmed the signing of Chelsea defender Patrick van Aanholt on a season-long loan.

Patrick van Aanholt Chelsea kiss
GettyImagesPatrick van Aanholt has been on loan at Leicester, Coventry and Newcastle in the past two seasons

The 21-year-old left-sided player becomes the third new arrival at the DW Stadium in just over 24 hours with Almeria's Albert Crusat having signed a permanent deal yesterday.

''Patrick is a player with enormous potential,'' said manager Roberto Martinez. ''Technically he is very gifted, very comfortable in possession and physically, he uses his intensity to defend very effectively.

''He can play left-back or left wing-back and without a doubt he's got a phenomenal career ahead of him. We rate Patrick really highly and his professionalism and his personal attributes will be a huge asset to us this season.

''Like Tom Cleverley (on loan from Manchester United) last year he is a young player who is hungry to learn his trade and I feel both parties can benefit hugely from the move.''