Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has been impressed by the pre-season performances of trialist Bertrand Traoré, and hopes the Burkina Faso midfielder will be granted a work permit later this year.
Mourinho has acknowledged that a work permit may not be granted for Traoré, who turns 18 in September, in which case the Blues would look to find him a temporary loan club.
“Traoré we would like to keep,” the Portuguese coach told the Telegraph. “Those are the rules in England and we have to accept them. We’ll have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get the permit for him to stay in England. If it’s not possible we have to let him go on loan somewhere.
“For a 17-year-old boy, sooner or later, the committee has to give him a permit to play in England. If he’s playing for his country at the same time – one of the most important countries in African football – he’ll get his deserved permit. So no dramas with it. It’s fantastic for him to come here and play well for Chelsea.”
Traoré scored in a 4-1 win over a Malaysia XI and struck a stunning left-footed effort in Chelsea's 8-1 demolition of the Indonesia All Stars earlier this week to further enhance his burgeoning reputation.
Indeed, the Burkina Faso international has not just impressed supporters and the media; he's also made a big impression on his team-mates.
"He's a young lad, but I'm sure he's got a bright future at Chelsea," Chelsea defender Gary Cahill commented. "He's slotted in nicely.
"It's too early to say he's ready to do this and that, and we don't want to get carried away.
"But he's certainly not looked out of place in training alongside some top international players."
Traoré is certainly a player with high aspirations. In 2011, he revealed his desire not only to become a first-team player at Chelsea, but also to become the best player in Africa – and potentially Europe, too.
With goals like the one in the video below – thanks to 101greatgoals for the link – Traoré appears to have the world at his feet.