Chelsea’s Castillo joins Charlton on loan

Chelsea’s Juan Castillo has joined League One side Charlton on loan for the rest of the season after a season-long loan at Birmingham was scrapped.

The left-sided player, who recently turned 22, made just four appearances during his time at Birmingham, with two of them coming in the Championship. All his outings were as a substitute.

“I’m really excited and looking forward to working with everyone and playing at The Valley in front of the fans,” Charlton’s website quoted him as saying.

“Once I heard that Charlton were interested, I looked at games on YouTube and the first thing that stood out was the fans and the atmosphere.

“I’m a creative player. I like to get up and down the left side and I bring energy. I hope that I can develop here and have a successful time. I can’t wait to get started and show what I can do.”

Charlton manager Johnnie Jackson said: “I like the fact that he is young and hungry.

“He will want to come here and really make his mark, having that youthful enthusiasm and energy is definitely something we need.

“Chelsea speak highly of him and we are really pleased to have him.”