Bertrand Traore Signs New Deal Then Leaves On Loan

20-year-old Chelsea forward has signed a new contract with the club before heading off to join Ajax on loan for the season.

The youngster made his Chelsea debut last season after joining the club in 2013. He scored four goals in sixteen games for the West London club and was the first ever Burkina Faso international to to score a Premier League goal.

Traore joined the Blues as an eighteen-year-old having previously been through the youth system at Auxerre. He signed a four year contract that would have seen him stay at Stamford Bridge until next year, but the club were keen to keep him tied down for a longer period of time before he left to go to Holland on loan for the season.

His new deal will keep him at the club until 2019 and the experience he’ll gain in the Netherlands will be vital to his future in West London. He spent last season on loan at fellow Eredivisie side Stichting Betaald Voetbal Vitesse, more commonly known as Vitesse Arnhem.

Despite sanctioning the loan move at a time when he’s complaining about the lack of value in the transfer market, new Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte believes that Traore has a long future at Stamford Bridge. Speaking about the player’s departure in his press conference in advance of the Blues’ first Premier League game at home against West Ham on Monday night, the Italian said, “Traore is a good prospect, he’s a prospect for a Chelsea player. He’s going on loan to Ajax, he’s a good player”.