Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says he has so far been impressed with the performances put out by Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore who is on trials with the club.
The 17 -year -old midfielder’s sixth minute goal, 12 yards from outside the box, was the opener of the day for the Blues in the pre-season friendly against the Malayisan All Stars team which ended 4-1 on Sunday.
The young left winger made a good case in his quest for a Chelsea contract with a promising performance that nearly got him a second goal and an assist for the third goal.
‘We want to keep him but have to wait until he becomes 18 to try to get a permit for him’, Chelsea manager Mourinho said when asked about Traore after the team’s game in Malaysia.
‘If not possible we have to let him go on loan somewhere. We have the guarantee that he plays for his national team. This fact, I think, sooner or later, the committee has to give him a permit to play in England”, he further explained.
The Special One was also optimistic that after featuring for the Stallions of Burkina Faso, the young left winger stands a better chance of getting a work permit which might earn a permanent Stamford bridge stay.
“His country is one of the most important in African football at this moment. If he plays in the African cup they will be a moment where he gets his permit and it’s fantastic to come here and play for Chelsea, and to play well”, Mourinho said.
The Burkinabe youngster joined the Chelsea academy from French club Auxerre and marked his trial debut with the club in the pre season friendly against Thailand’s Singha All Stars.
He got a mention in Mourinho’s post match press conference when he said: “ he is not a Chelsea player, he is a trialist, a 17-year-old kid and he had some movement and some touch on the ball, so you can imagine he is a good kid for the youth team”.