Rapid Bucharest have confirmed the loan signing of Arsenal youngster Catalin Cirjan.
The 20-year-old midfielder returns to the city of his birth for the 2023/24 campaign where he’ll gain valuable experience of senior football playing for ex-Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu.
The Romanian side have an option to make the deal permanent next summer.
Cirjan joined the Gunners in 2019 and signed a new contract this time last year but his time in London has been hampered by serious knee injuries.
While he was on the bench in the Europa League a few times last season, his only taste of first team football came in December’s friendly win over Lyon in the UAE.
“I’m feeling very well,” Cirjan told Rapid’s official website.
“Last season was a very good one. I’m 100 percent ready and I’m looking forward to showing what I can do on the field.
“I can’t wait to start working with Mr. Mutu. Those from Arsenal when they heard that he was the coach of Rapid were amazed, they were very happy. He is a legend and I have something to learn from him.
“I’m thinking of the title, for sure. I came here with very big goals. I want to help the team with everything I can, I will give everything on the field and, at the end of the season, I hope to bring the title.”