Report: Chelsea reach 'feeder club' agreement with Besiktas

Chelsea and Besiktas have reached an agreement to send Blues youngsters to Turkey to gain first-team experience.

As confirmed by Besiktas board member Erdal Torunoğulları, the Turkish club will base their academy system on that used at Stamford Bridge, with the Blues also able to send promising youngsters to the Ataturk Stadium to learn in a foreign environment.

As reported by, the agreement also allows joint scouring ventures between the clubs, whilst close co-operation between the respective first-teams will allow the Black Eagles to share training methods with the Premier League club.

The Blues have one of the most promising academies in European football, with their Under-18’s winning the FA Youth Cup last season, whilst the Under-21 side claimed the Premier League trophy. The system set in place a number of years ago has been to focus upon signing young players for the future, whilst improving upon the academy system, to provide consistent future success, and it is an ethos that has been copied by the Turkish side in recent seasons.

Torunoğulları recently completed a trip to West London to review the training complex used by the Premier League leaders, and he signed off on the deal, completing the second piece of business between Chelsea and Besiktas in recent months, following the transfer of outcast forward Demba Ba to Turkey over the summer.

The Black Eagles are the second European club to agree to a similar agreement with Chelsea, with Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse holding close bonds with the West Londoners, signing a number of the Blues players on loan across the past two seasons.

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