15-year-old wonderkid addresses reported Chelsea interest

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Valencia’s Carlos Badal has spoken on the reported interest in him from Chelsea.

It was claimed by the Mirror earlier this week that the Blues were tracking the 15-year-old centre-back, having been impressed by him at a recent youth tournament.

Not much is known of the youngster who currently turns out for Valencia’s youth team, although one would expect that he is considered to be a remarkable prospect if a club of Chelsea’s stature are tracking him despite his young age. He is a regular feature in Spain’s Under-16 squad as well, and clearly has a big future ahead of him.

Due to his age, if Chelsea seriously thought about signing Badal, they would only have to agree a youth contract with him and pay Valencia a nominal compensation fee. As he has yet to sign a senior contract, the club do not own all his rights, and this puts the ball into the Blues court if they make a formal approach. However, the player would still have to want to leave his homeland if Jose Mourinho’s club were to agree a contract with him, and there are no indications that the youngster is looking for a way out of his current set-up.

In the Valencia edition of El Desmarque, Badal’s current thoughts on the Chelsea interest were laid out, and he has admitted that he does not want to leave the club that he has been at since the age of nine. Although flattered by the interest from Jose Mourinho, the article states that Badal wants to remain with Valencia and sign a senior contract when his youth deal expires in 2016.

Director of football at the Mestalla, Francisco Rufete, seemingly has big plans for Badal in the first-team in the future, and it is reported that the former player has laid out a training plan to fast-track him into the senior squad.

It comes as no surprise to see a 15-year-old flattered by the interest from Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in world football. However, the desire to remain with his hometown club and develop alongside his peers should be respected as level-headed, and, if he does progress in the manner expected, it is possible that he will turn out for a club such as the Blues at some stage in the future anyway.

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