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Chelsea keeping tabs on award-winning starlet Youri Tielemans

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Chelsea have been keeping tabs on a player tipped to be the next superstar produced by the impressive Belgian youth system and Jose Mourinho has personally taken a look at him.

According to the Telegraph, the Stamford Bridge boss flew out to Belgium this week with assistant Rui Faria to watch Chelsea youngster Thorgan Hazard in action for Zulte Waregem. However, the report claims Mourinho was also keen on getting a closer look at Tielemans, who was playing for Waregem's opponents in the match, Anderlecht.

Arsenal,Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were also credited with an interest in the 17-year-old early this season and it appears as though any move for him would see many of Europe's leading clubs take an interest. Tielemans burst onto the scene for Anderlecht this season as a deep-lying playmaker and was so impressive that he made himself a regular in their starting XI, despite being so young.

Chelsea's success since the arrival of Roman Abramovich a decade ago has been hallmarked by big-money and high-profile signings, but the introduction of Financial Fair Play (FFP) has seen them forced to reign in their spending on transfers and wages. Tielemans would represent another example of the Blues' transfer policy moving towards a more balanced approach of signing up promising young players for the longer term, as well as established stars.

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