21-year-old Jeffrey Bruma has been at Chelsea since he was 15-years-old, and within a year playing for the club's reserve team.
Making the transition to the first team has been a little more tricky to crack; he has made just four appearances in total, his only Premier League start coming in a 3-3 draw with Aston Villa.
Since then he has been loaned to Leicester, and more recently Hamburg in the Bundesliga.
Bruma has spent the last two seasons at Hamburg, but has one season left on his Chelsea contract and has now announced his intention to have one more crack at Stamford Bridge.
The centre-back has made 18 appearances for Hamburg this season, although has fallen out of favour of late.
Bruma, capped four times by Holland, discussed his future in an exclusive interview with the Hamburgen Morgenpost.
He said: "I'll leave the HSV and (go) back to London. The two years have helped me in spite of everything, and I've learned a lot. But now I am looking forward to London and my club."
Whether Bruma can make an impact at Chelsea is another matter. Chelsea's need for defensive reinforcements at centre-back gives him an opportunity, in pre-season at least.
Hamburg appear unwilling to try to sign him permanently, which indicates perhaps he is not ready or good enough for the Blues, but the player clearly feels he has something to offer.
Much will depend on the new Chelsea manager, and what ideas he brings. Bruma could find himself sold before he gets a chance to pull on a Chelsea shirt in a competitive match again, then again who knows he could be a surprise success. In any case, he is willing to find out.
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