Chelsea have managed to secure the signature of highly-rated teenager Bertrand Traore.
Traore, who played in midfield in his native Burkina Faso for Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso, joins on a four and half-year deal, signalling the London club's commitment to the player. He already has 10 caps for his national team, having made his debut at just 15 and looks set to be a fixture in the rapidly improving Burkinabe squad.
He already has honours to his name, winning the 2011 Africa Under-17 Championship and he also played at the 2012 African Cup of Nations. Both his father, Feu Traore Isa and brother, Alain Traore, have also played for Burkina Faso.
Bertrand has been on trial with Chelsea since July and impressed in pre-season friendlies in Asia, scoring goals against Indonesia and Malaysia.
However, they weren't able to sign him at the time due to his age. Having turned in 18 in September, he agreed a deal on October 31.
With players like Oscar and Eden Hazard ahead of him, Traore may have to wait a little before he can command a first-team place but having sealed his dream move, he's certainly on the right track to fulfilling his huge promise.
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