Chelsea youngster Faustino Anjorin has committed his long term future to the club as he has signed a new contract. This is a big statement of intent from the Blues, highlighting that Frank Lampard remains keen to involve youth in his squad.
The 18 year-old has signed a new five year deal, and when speaking to the club, he said: “It’s a brilliant feeling. I’ve been at the club since I was six years old so to get to this stage and then be offered another five-year contract on top of that is amazing.
“I had no hesitation but to take it straight away because to play for the club I always dreamed of playing for is really special for me.”
This is a very promising bit of business for club and should excite supporters who tend to see a lot of their youth fail to make it in the first team.
The attacking midfielder has had a good campaign in the youth competitions, playing 24 times, scoring eleven goals and picking up six assists, per Transfermarkt, and these good performances saw Lampard give him his first team debut in the Premier League against Everton.
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Extending his contract is a great statement of intent from the club because he was attracting interest from some of Europe’s best sides including Manchester City, Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, per The Express.
Hopefully fans will get to see more of the youngster soon, but they should be happy for now that their youth are starting to see a change of structure at the Blues since Lampard has come in and are wanting to commit their futures to the club. This structure has given more opportunities to youngsters like the recent emergence of Billy Gilmour this season as well as forward Tammy Abraham, who has made the number nine spot his own following various loan moves.
Gilmour was relatively unknown in the footballing world before this season, but has now come in to Lampard’s side, performed well and earned great praise from the media.
The current Chelsea manager could be the ideal mentor for Anjorin, indeed he was also a goalscoring central midfielder and he went on to become the West London side’s all-time top goalscorer. With Lampard’s guidance, the 18 year-old could well follow in the footsteps of his manager if given the opportunity to play – which you have to think he will given the chances handed to Gilmour, Abraham and Mason Mount this term.
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