Former Barcelona youngster confirms Chelsea switch

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Ecuadorian Josi Quintero has confirmed his move to Stamford Bridge by signing a contract with the club.

The 17-year-old winger has long been considered one of the hottest prospects in Barcelona's famed La Masia, and he had reportedly been attracting interest from Arsenal and Lyon in the past months. However, the Blues managed to convince the highly-rated Ecuadorian to finalise a move to Stamford Bridge - which the player confirmed on his Twitter account.

Despite Chelsea's less than stellar record of promoting talent from their youth academy, their cup and league success at youth level must be enough to convince hot prospects from around the world to sign for Jose Mourinho's side.

The winger - who is considered to be Ecuador's brightest talent since Antonio Valencia - confirmed that talks were ongoing with the Blues in the middle of June, and that Stamford Bridge was the only destination he would consider; although it has taken until now for the deal to be completed.

The picture he tweeted reveals his pleasure at signing for Chelsea - whom he labels a 'great club'.

Despite the negative view of Chelsea's youth programme among some, fans will be delighted that they have managed to draw away a prospect from arguably the greatest academy in world football.

Although Quintero is unlikely to see first-team football in the immediate future, a central role in Chelsea's attempts to retain the FA Youth Cup and Under-21 Premier League beckons - or maybe even a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem, where he can attempt to impose himself in a top division of European football.

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