League One strugglers Colchester United have signed young Chelsea midfielder Billy Clifford on loan for one month. The 20-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Premier League club, but has featured in Champions League squads.

"He is an exciting youngster with plenty of ability that we will benefit from in the coming weeks," U's boss Joe Dunne told the club website.

"He has been in Chelsea's first-team squad on occasions already and I have been very impressed with what I've seen of him."

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