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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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The Journalist

Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

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..
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31/10/2013 18:09:00

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
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31/10/2013 18:10:00

Welcome Bertrand Traore!!! Well done to the club for completing his signing. #ktbffh
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31/10/2013 18:11:00

HGH Magic
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31/10/2013 18:11:00

already a great talent. will be even more fearful once Mou instills his mentality on him. good greif. he will become a good one.
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31/10/2013 18:16:00

already a great talent. will be even more fearful once Mou instills his mentality on him. good greif. he will become a good one.
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31/10/2013 18:16:00

Good news indeed
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31/10/2013 18:19:00

Good news. Kudos to the boy. I guess the work permit issue is yet to be sorted. Mou' should do something about it.
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31/10/2013 19:26:00

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
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31/10/2013 19:57:00

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
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31/10/2013 20:44:00

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
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31/10/2013 22:12:00

@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.
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31/10/2013 22:29:00

Welcome to home of troph.he is qualified now as a special talent who has been in national team squad since his 16 birthday
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31/10/2013 23:20:00

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
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31/10/2013 23:22:00

Good for Chelsea. A skilled right sided attacker...very young as well.
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01/11/2013 00:02:00

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.
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01/11/2013 00:15:00

@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.
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01/11/2013 02:58:00

"seems very frail for an african player"... He's only 18. The way he plays is brilliant though.
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01/11/2013 05:01:00

Future star for chelsea and EPL
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01/11/2013 05:28:00

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.
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01/11/2013 05:57:00

Welcome Young Lion
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01/11/2013 07:06:00

A loan move is the best for him. The squads are nailed down for both the PL and CL and can not be changed until January unless major injuries. And I still have not seen if a work permit really has been granted. But good that he is now on the books, maybe Africa's biggest promise right now.
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01/11/2013 08:13:00

Yeah,happy for the lad,i hope he fulfill his potential with us, we now have christian atsu and bertrand traore for the inverted winger role, welcome the 'burkinababe robben'.
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01/11/2013 09:41:00

The club club giving him a four and half contract shows they have faith in him.
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01/11/2013 10:07:00

We don't need him now so the work permit is not an issue now but i'm sure he will eventually get it all he needs to do is continue working hard in training.
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01/11/2013 10:10:00

welcome to the club. just want him to get started playing either in reserves or a loan so that we can see him play.
Blue Krusaders
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01/11/2013 10:37:00

Looks good when he played, I am happy we signed him for nothing, seeing that he must have been training with the first team atimes and the U21s, I believe he is one person we might see in the first team soon
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01/11/2013 14:25:00

This lad has been around Stamford Bridge for a while waiting for this moment. I'm happy for him that it has finally come true. Congrats Bertrand Traore. I have no doubt whatsoever that he would be granted work permit through the special talent rule, but what #CFC have for him is another issue entirely.
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01/11/2013 17:08:00

Great news! I'm happy for him and glad we finally secured him... I hope his talent will sooner or later be utilized here...
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