Chelsea starlet Bertrand Traore is facing an up-hill battle to secure a work-permit, the Daily Mail reports.
The Burkina Faso international, who turned 18 yesterday, is currently in the UK on a student visa, and in order to enable him to remain a Chelsea player, there is a number of stringent requirements that must be met regarding his permit to remain in the country.
The current regulations state that for the highly-rated Chelsea youngster to be eligible for a professional contract and play for the Blues in competitive fixtures, he must be considered by the Burkina Faso Football Association to be a player of the 'highest-calibre'.
Put plainly, Bertrand must have been a main-stay in the Burkina Faso national team for two years preceding the application and Burkina Faso have to be above the position of 70th in the FIFA World rankings.
The African outfit are currently at number 48, which is good news for Chelsea, but the midfielders lack of professional caps may prove to be a significant problem- he has only played eight times.
Chelsea can get round the problem by deploying the same method they opted for with Brazilian starlet Wallace, and loan him out to a foreign club so that he can reach the required amount of appearances, but even then there is no guarantee he will be selected for national duty enough for a work-permit to become issuable.
Jose Mourinho has made no secret of his admiration for Traore, and very much considers him one for the future.
Speaking when the youngster was only 17, the Special One said: "Traore we would like to keep. We need to wait until he is 18 to see."