Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore granted work permit

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Chelsea have helped teenage striker Bertrand Traore secure a work permit and will now be able to select the Burkina Faso international for first-team duties.

This is according to the Telegraph, who claim Jose Mourinho helped Traore avoid falling foul of a new rule change recently introduced by the Football Association.

While the 19-year-old has played in 75 per cent of Burkina Faso's international matches over the past two years, Traore would not have been granted a work permit under the new rules - which were introduced on June 1 - due to his national team's position in the FIFA World Rankings.

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The new FA rules stipulate that only players whose national teams are ranked between 31 and 50 are eligible to receive work permits.

Burkina Faso, as of June 4, are ranked 66th in the FIFA World Rankings - but Mourinho acted swiftly to ensure Traore's work permit application was submitted while the old rules were still active.

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Traore to feature in pre-season

Thanks to the Chelsea manager's quick thinking, and his desire to put the striker in his squad for the 2015-16 campaign, Traore will be available for selection in the Premier League next season if required.

Mourinho is reportedly a big fan of the youngster, who will be handed an opportunity to impress on Chelsea's pre-season tour of the United States.

Traore's eye-catching versatility is one of the reasons Mourinho is so keen to take a closer look at him this summer.

The former Auxerre starlet, who scored an impressive 17 goals in 36 matches for loan club Vitesse last season, is capable of playing on both flanks, as a centre-forward and as an attacking playmaker.

Mourinho is 'crazy' about Traore

That he enjoyed such an effective season in the Eredivisie last term despite his tender age has excited Mourinho, who Vitesse coach Peter Bosz confirmed is "crazy" about Traore towards the end of last season.

“Jose Mourinho is crazy about him," Bosz told reporters. "If the opportunity is there, they (Chelsea) prefer to take him back.”

If he manages to impress Mourinho and the other Chelsea coaches in pre-season there's every chance he will be in the squad for the Blues' opening Premier League fixture of the new season against Swansea City.

Chelsea fans: is Bertrand Traore good enough to become a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge? Have your say in the comments below!

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