Chelsea fail in Robins midfielder approach

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Chelsea have been dealt a surprise blow in the shape of 12-year-old Swindon Town midfielder Jordan Young.

The Blues made an official approach to Jeremy Newton, director of the Robins' centre of excellence, and a compensation fee was agreed between the two parties.

However, the player himself had other ideas, and after discussions with his parents decided that staying at The County Ground was the best decision for his own future.

"We got a phone call from Chelsea wishing to buy him and a compensation package was drawn up," Newton told BBC Wiltshire.

"But the boy had already made the decision to stay with us.

"When you've got the likes of Chelsea wishing to sign him, it's a difficult decision to make for the parents. But obviously the boy has thought about it over a long period of time. It's a big decision for any 12-year-old to make but the parents have let him make it."

With the club for four years thus far, Young has signed a contract for Paulo Di Canio's club keeping him with Swindon until 2015.

And, whilst the youngster is unlikely to worry the senior side for a few years yet, it's a major coup for the club that Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was rebuffed.

"We've not put any pressure on him to make a decision. From a club point of view it's fantastic for us. We are trying to create a positive learning environment and if our players are getting acknowledged by Premier League clubs then it says we are doing the right things."

Chelsea scouts had previously spotted the player, and after tracking him for some time made the offer. However, the lure of Stamford Bridge was not enough as Young commits to the Npower League Two outfit.

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