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Carlos Gruezo will be watched by Chelsea scouts at World Cup

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Chelsea will scout highly-rated Stuttgart star Carlos Gruezo at the World Cup before considering an attempt to sign the midfielder this summer.

Sport Witness cite reports from German newspaper Bild that claim the Ecuador international has caught the attention of the west London club.

Jose Mourinho has allegedly told scouts to keep tabs on Gruezo in Brazil and report back with their findings to determine whether he has the potential to forge a career in the Premier League.

The Blues appear to be changing their approach in the transfer market this summer with less emphasis placed on big-money marquee signings and more focus on recruiting up-and-coming talent for the future.

Roman Abramovich reappointed Mourinho last year to oversee a period of transition at Chelsea, which has come to fruition this summer following confirmation that veterans Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard will not be offered new contracts.

Lampard's departure - after 13 glorious years at Stamford Bridge - opens up a place in Chelsea's midfield next season, but it's unlikely that Gruezo would be planted straight in the first-team, even if he impresses enough at the World Cup to warrant a transfer.

The 19-year-old is under contract with Stuttgart until 2018, and after only arriving at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in January 2014, this summer might prove too soon for him to negotiate another transfer.

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