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Official: Ian Maatsen Joins Borussia Dortmund on Loan

The 21-year-old left-back has put pen to paper.

Borussia Dortmund Signs Ian Maatsen On Loan Photo by Hendrik Deckers/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Borussia Dortmund have officially signed 21-year-old left back Ian Maatsen from Chelsea to a short-term loan deal. Maatsen will join Dortmund immediately and will remain until the end of the season.

While the loan deal does not contain an option or requirement to purchase, Maatsen recently signed a new contract with Chelsea that contains a release clause that will commence in the summer. This means that BVB will have the opportunity to purchase Maatsen after he returns to Chelsea in the summer, although they will obviously have to compete with any other clubs that are willing to trigger the release clause.

Maatsen joins Dortmund at a time the club desperately needs reinforcements, especially at the left-back position. Julian Ryerson is injured and will remain so for several more weeks, while Ramy Bensebaini will miss at least four matches playing for Algeria in the African Cup of Nations. With scant other options at left-back, Edin Terzic will have no choice but to lean heavily on Maatsen right out of the gate. He may even appear in the squad as early as tomorrow against Darmstadt.

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