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Traore Signs on the Dotted Line

Traore Signs on the Dotted Line

Back in the summer, before the frantic world of Premier League football kicked in, one youngster attracted a lot of attention on our pre-season tour and subsequent fixtures.

Eighteen year-old midfielder Bertrand Traore looked to be a star in the making. However, when it came to sorting out his future we understand that there were a few obstacles preventing a deal being done straight away.

Well it turns out that most of those obstacles have now been cleared with Chelsea Football Club confirming the lad from Burkina Faso has put pen to paper on a four and a half year deal.

An official stamen released by the club reads,

'Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement to sign Bertrand Traore. The 18-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract."

'Traore is a full international for Burkina Faso having made his debut in September 2011 a few days before his 16th birthday, and he made one substitute appearance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 10 international caps and has scored once ahead of next month's World Cup qualification play-offs in Africa in which Burkina Faso face Algeria."

'In 2011 he helped his nation win the Africa Under-17s championship. An attacking midfielder, Traore was taken as a trialist on Chelsea's tour of Asia in the summer and played a part in all three games, scoring in Malaysia and in Indonesia.'


Now all that remains to be seen is how quickly one of the most promising talents we`ve seen in years flourishes.

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Writer:Merlin
Date:Thursday October 31 2013
Time: 6:01PM

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@ VC members:. When and where is the lad going too play..? We could make one of our home-growns rite ??? And still not stop his development... This is a serious juggling act !! Wuld like the grace too write an article here..
anasewhiz
31/10/2013 18:09:00
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welcome aboard Traore. please enjoy your stay at the bridge and we hope to see you soon in that Blue shirt again. good luck to you kid
bleetoe
31/10/2013 18:10:00
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Welcome Bertrand Traore!!! Well done to the club for completing his signing. #ktbffh
syed230183_chelseafc
31/10/2013 18:11:00
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GREAT NEWS. GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING @CHELSEA UNDER MOURINHO...special times ahead ;)
HGH Magic
31/10/2013 18:11:00
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already a great talent. will be even more fearful once Mou instills his mentality on him. good greif. he will become a good one.
bleetoe
31/10/2013 18:16:00
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already a great talent. will be even more fearful once Mou instills his mentality on him. good greif. he will become a good one.
bleetoe
31/10/2013 18:16:00
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Good news indeed
bluekid
31/10/2013 18:19:00
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Good news. Kudos to the boy. I guess the work permit issue is yet to be sorted. Mou' should do something about it.
BOTUM
31/10/2013 19:26:00
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Very happy that we got this lad to sign. He is an exceptional talent that we should nurture and groom . For now however, we should seek to loan him out to a club inclined to play him. We should put that caveat into any loan deal for him and be careful to loan Jim to a club in Ned of depth in the midfield,a premier league or championship were he can get a lot of games and under less scrutiny would be nice. Welcome on board. Sir Traore
Dwonder
31/10/2013 19:57:00
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Great news, good one for the lad. Wish we could get him a WP, so as to keep him in England; I dread sending him on an international loan, not many clubs would be willing to give an unproven 18yo a chance midway through the season. Besides he is still eligible to be regarded as association grown(?). Anyways, welcome aboard lad (officially), and goodluck to you.
Tobe Enoch
31/10/2013 20:44:00
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Hapi 4 d kid...only waitin 4 mourihno effect,& also hi to evri1 in dis forum nd to merlin 4 his gud work always.,just luv d comments here
Calito
31/10/2013 22:12:00
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@BOTUM Jose can do next to nothing in securing a work permit for Traore. Work Permit’s come down, essentially, to two major factors for footballers in the UK. International appearances and that nations international standing. Not sure of Burkina Faso's standing in the FIFA rankings but am sure its not too bad,based on their performance in the AFCON. So the latter is most probably Traore's stumbling block as the rule states he needs about 75% appearance in his previous game for Burkina Faso. If that proves elusive then that's where CFC comes into place,we will have to take the case to the appeal court,but they will need some convincing on the extent of how talented Traore is...So basically its a tricky one.
nelyvanile
31/10/2013 22:29:00
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Welcome to home of troph.he is qualified now as a special talent who has been in national team squad since his 16 birthday
Lanrryb64
31/10/2013 23:20:00
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If he plays the last round of qualifying against Algeria then he'd have mathematically met the requisite 75% of int'l appearances for his country, and he'll simply be granted WP without much fuss.
HGH Magic
31/10/2013 23:22:00
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Good for Chelsea. A skilled right sided attacker...very young as well.
had2bg
01/11/2013 00:02:00
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He can become the inverted winger Jose wants. A lot to work on his physique, seems very frail for an african player when we used to have beasts like Drogs and Essien.
crazyforchelsea
01/11/2013 00:15:00
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@nelyville, Burkina faso are ranked 52 so that shouldn't be a problem. He made an appearance recently against Algeria and i guess one more appearance would make it easy getting the permit. But again, there's a possibility of an appeal in the tribunal to prove that the player is 'an exceptional talent' which i guess the manager must appear. That's why i mentioned Mou' there. Anyways time will tell. I wouldn't like a loan move though.
BOTUM
01/11/2013 02:58:00
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"seems very frail for an african player"... He's only 18. The way he plays is brilliant though.
foreign_viewer
01/11/2013 05:01:00
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Future star for chelsea and EPL
indian_blue
01/11/2013 05:28:00
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Well this is hardly surprising as he joined the CFC academy since 2010, he was eventually going to sign up regardless... Welcome to SW6 and hope he has a successful career here.
traykidd
01/11/2013 05:57:00
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