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Chelsea prospect and England U20 full-back Fankaty Dabo signs contract extension

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Secreted away in the official Chelsea website's preview for tonight's U21 Premier League match against Manchester United is this bit of good news for 19-year-old Fankaty Dabo.

Last week, Under-21s defender Fankaty Dabo signed a contract extension until 2017.

London-born Dabo, who's been with Chelsea since the U12 level, had just a few months left on his first professional deal that he signed in 2013.  The new contract ties him to the club for a couple more years, giving him time to take that next developmental step.

"Fankaty has had some very good performances with us in the Under-21s this season and hopefully this gives him the confidence to go on and progress further. I still don't think we've seen his full potential so the next stage for him now is to finish the season strongly and make sure he's ready for his next test."

-Adi Viveash, Chelsea U21 team manager

The full-back, usually right but occasionally left, has been a mainstay in Viveash's U21 Premier League and U21 Premier League Cup sides, featuring in 12 of 14 possible, starting 11 in total.  He's a very consistent (especially for a 19-year-old), solid, if perhaps tad bit unspectacular player.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, especially for a defender.

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