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Piazon heads to Malaga on loan

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Lucas Piazon of Chelsea misses from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 23, 2012 in London, England
LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 23: Lucas Piazon of Chelsea misses from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 23, 2012 in London, England

Chelsea striker Lucas Piazon will join La Liga side Malaga on loan until the end of the season.

The Blues beat off competition from a host of European rivals to sign the 18-year-old from Sao Paulo, when he completed a move to Stamford Bridge last January.

Piazon has made three appearances for the club so far - two in the Capital One Cup and one Premier League outing in the 8-0 victory over Aston Villa in December 2011.

However, with first-team opportunities likely to be limited due to the stiff competition for places in the youngster's position, with Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar all currently ahead of him, he will join the Spanish outfit.

Malaga are fifth in La Liga and will face Portuguese giants Porto in the last 16 of the Champions League in February.

Piazon has represented Brazil at Under-15 and Under-17 levels and will be hoping to establish himself in Spain under Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini.