Chelsea have confirmed that 19-year-old defender Fankaty Dabo has signed a contract extension with the Blues.
The former England Under-17 international is now tied to Stamford Bridge until 2017 after putting pen-to-paper on the new deal, according to the Daily Star.
Chelsea revealed the news in their match preview for Monday night's Under-21 Premier League clash between the Blues and Manchester United.
Chelsea confirm deal
"Last week, Under-21s defender Fankaty Dabo signed a contract extension until 2017," the preview revealed. "The full-back has made nine appearances for [Adi] Viveash’s side this campaign and the manager believes the player can use the good news as a springboard to finish the season strongly."
Viveash hopes the fact Dabo's immediate future has been resolved will help the teenager to push on to the next level.
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"Fankaty has had some very good performances with us in the Under-21s this season and hopefully this gives him the confidence to go on and progress further," he told Chelsea's official website.
"I still don't think we've seen his full potential so the next stage for him now is to finish the season strongly and make sure he's ready for his next test."
Dabo must continue progressing
In order to enter Jose Mourinho's plans, Dabo will need to continue his development with the Under-21 side.
A loan move away from Stamford Bridge next season looks likely, which will allow the youngster to gain some valuable first-team experience either in England or overseas before rejoining Mourinho's squad.
Competition at Stamford Bridge
Competition for first-team places is fierce at Stamford Bridge, where the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Filipe Luis and Branislav Ivanovic are currently battling it out for the full-back positions.
Furthermore, Chelsea have a host of talented young full-backs on their books, including Andreas Christensen, Wallace and Kenneth Omeruo.
Dabo has a long way to go before he establishes himself as a potential option for Mourinho - but the fact Chelsea have rewarded him with a new deal suggests he is on the right tracks.
The Blues are currently seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table thanks to Saturday's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Mourinho's men are also through to the Champions League knockout stages, where they will play French champions Paris Saint-Germain, while they can win their first trophy of the season next month when they take on Tottenham in the Capital One Cup final.
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