Chelsea youngster Kyle Scott joins Dutch club Willem II on trial

Chelsea's Kyle Scott and Manchester City's Rodney Kongolo in action

The 18-year-old US youth international midfielder reportedly handed in a transfer request at Chelsea in April after falling out with the club over his contract.

Chelsea's Kyle Scott and Manchester City's Rodney Kongolo in action

Chelsea’s highly-rated US youth international Kyle Scott has joined Eredivisie side Willem II on trial, the Dutch club have confirmed.

Scott, 18, joined Chelsea as an Under-10 from Southampton and has since risen through the ranks to establish himself as one of the club’s top prospects, helping them win back-to-back UEFA Youth League titles and the last two FA Youth Cups.

The playmaking midfielder only signed new deal until 2019 in February after breaking into the Under-21 setup at the start of last season, but he could now be set to leave Stamford Bridge just five months later.

The Daily Mail reported in April that Scott’s father, who also serves as his agent, had been dissatisfied with the teenager’s new contract and asked Chelsea to offer him a better deal.

The club denied his request, however, and Scott is said to have argued with Under-18 manager Joe Edwards before the second-leg of the FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City – leading him to dropped from the squad – before subsequently handing in a transfer request.

Chelsea under 18 manager Joe Edwards celebrates with the trophy after winning the FA Youth Cup

He has now linked up with Willem II for the start of their pre-season and, having featured in Monday’s 16-0 friendly win over RKDSV Diessen, is expected to play in two more games before manager Erwin van de Looi decides whether to offer him a permanent deal.

"It's no secret that we are still looking for offensive reinforcements,” Van de Looi told the club’s official website when speaking about Scott’s arrival. “We want to see this guy at work. He gets the next few days for chance to prove himself.”

Erwin van de Looi

Born in Bath to an English father and American mother, Scott received his first call-up to the US Under-20 squad last September after featuring for both England Under-16s and Republic of Ireland Under-17s in the past.

The skilful central midfielder was linked with the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid and Barcelona in the summer of 2013 after recovering from a broken leg [h/t Daily Mail] but went on to sign his first professional deal with Chelsea in December 2014.

He made 11 appearances for the club’s Under-21s last season, while also scoring three goals in nine UEFA Youth League matches – including the winner in the quarter-final clash with Ajax.

General view outside the ground before the match

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