Bernard Traore has finally been allowed a permit to join Chelsea - the club he was first linked with in 2010 whilst aged 14, signing a four-and-a-half-year deal with the Premier League giants.
The Burkina Faso phenomenon made his international debut only a year later, aged 15, and quickly established himself as a full international.
Traore trialled multiple times for Chelsea, but was unable to join the club of his dreams until October 2013, more than three years after he was first linked.
"Be patient, you will soon see me at Stamford Bridge," Traore once famously replied to a journalist who questioned his failure to secure a move to the English outfit.
The young Chelsea star featured in the club's pre-season tour of Asia, evidently impressing the management with his performances. His efforts rewarded him with an elusive long-term deal at Stamford Bridge.
His new manager, Jose Mourinho, has spoken of Traore's ability to make an instant contribution to the side, voicing his belief in the 18-year-old's abilities.
"Traore is a great talent that the club followed for a long time before me," he said to reporters.
"I wanted to take him to pre-season to have a view of him for two or three weeks and play him in front of 60,000 to 80,000 crowds like we have in Asia.
"Now we could get him. We have a kid who in our opinion is one of the best talents of his age. I think he is ready to make an impact."
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