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.