Report: Chelsea youngster Bertrand Traore in Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season

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The Chelsea manager is said to be an admirer of the 19-year-old attacking midfielder on loan at Vitesse Arnhem.

As attention turns to their title defence next season, the Blues will be looking to improve upon what is already, arguably, the strongest squad in the Premier League.

With FFP restrictions coming into force and the lack of a need for a marquee signing, it’s likely that the approach at Stamford Bridge will be one of fine-tuning as opposed to any major additions.

One possible area in need of freshening up however, is attacking midfield. Aside from Eden Hazard’s excellent campaign, there has been a lack of significant attacking contribution from the likes of Willian and Juan Cuadrado, with the pair managing just two Premier League goals between them.

Bertrand Traore meanwhile, has been in fantastic form in Holland and his 14 goals last season helped propel Vitesse into the Europa League. The Burkino Faso youngster was signed by Chelsea in late 2013 but work permit issues have meant he has since spent a season and a half on loan at the Dutch club.

Traore himself is pleased with his development and seems confident in his ability to make the grade at Chelsea:

‘I'm ready when the opportunity comes and I'm not afraid to show my ability at Chelsea,’ Traore said in an interview with De Telegraaf.

'This has been the first time I have played a full season in professional football. I've taken a huge step forward physically.'

It would appear that a Chelsea debut for Traore isn’t a million miles away with Vitesse head coach Peter Bosz quoted in the Daily Mail as saying, "Jose Mourinho is crazy about him. If the opportunity is there, they prefer to take him back."

Assuming work permit issues can be overcome, there’s every chance Traore could feature at Stamford Bridge next season.

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