Bertrand Traore joins Chelsea on a four-and-a-half year contract
Chelsea have officially signed Bertrand Traore.
The Burkina Faso young attacking midfielder is only 18 years old with a great left foot, he announced himself during Chelsea's pre-season Asia Tour where he scored a couple of goals.
Bertrand Traore joined Chelsea on trial since 2010 when he was only 15 years old but there were some complications and uncertainties concerning him signing for Chelsea officially as European teams are not allowed to sign players below the age of 18 from another Continent.
Though Chelsea will still try to get a work permit for him but for now he can continue playing in the youth ranks.
Great Prospect with a fantastic left foot.
Read the official statement from Chelsea Fc below:
Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement to sign Bertrand Traore.
The 18-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract.
Traore, joining from Association Jeunes Espoirs De Bobo-Dioulasso, is a full international for Burkina Faso having made his debut in September 2011 a few days before his 16th birthday, and he made one substitute appearance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 10 international caps and has scored once ahead of next month's World Cup qualification play-offs in Africa in which Burkina Faso face Algeria.
In 2011 he helped his nation win the Africa Under-17s championship.
An attacking midfielder, Traore was taken as a trialist on Chelsea's tour of Asia in the summer and played a part in all three games, scoring in Malaysia and in Indonesia.
Here are some individual highlights video of Bertrand Traore during the pre-season Asia tour below