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OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL: Richmond Boakye loaned out to Elche CF

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Claudio Villa

So, we were wondering what Juventus were going to do with striker Richmond Boakye now that he was back from his own summer vacation and training with the senior squad. Would he stay with Juventus as striker No. 5? Would he go out on loan? Where he was off to for the 2013-14 season, nobody really knew.

Well, now we have our answer.

The 20-year-old Ghanian striker has been sent out on loan for a second straight season since Juventus signed him a year ago. Instead of staying in Italy where some thought he might, Boakye is headed to Spain for the next 10 months, having been loaned out to new newly-promoted La Liga side Elche CF on Wednesday.

From Juventus.com:

Richmond Boakye has today agreed terms on a one-season loan switch to newly-promoted Spanish La Liga side Elche Club de Fútbol.

The Ghanaian striker, who spent the previous campaign with Sassuolo, will continue his development in Alicante, where he is set to remain until 30 June 2014.

Boakye, who Juventus acquired in a co-ownership deal with Genoa last summer, scored 11 goals and dished out 11 assists with Sassuolo in Serie B last season. One has to wonder why he didn't return to the newly-promoted side seeing as their director of sport has talked him up so much in the past, but who knows what all went down during the negotiation process.

Either way, Boakye is headed to a club that is likely to look for him to score goals and help them stay in Spain's top flight beyond this season. And for a kid who has a bunch of talent and is just a few months separated from his teenage years, consistent playing time week in and week out is definitely a good thing to have come his way.