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Jeremie Boga: Training with John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic 'is a childhood dream'

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Currently plying his trade on a loan at Ligue 1 club Rennes, Chelsea and France U19 player Jeremie Boga is a very promising prospect. He's been with the Blues since the age of 12, picking the English club instead of staying in France after being ignored by his childhood club Olympique Marseille, a move that wasn't well received by the French press.

In an interview to Ligue 1's official website, Boga commented on his move to England on such a tender age, and the criticism it received from people within his homeland.

"When you're 12, you don't really realize what's happening. The move [to Chelsea] surprised a lot of people - the critics said I'd moved abroad too young. But my family and I didn't pay much attention to that and we've got no regrets today."

"When you get to train with John Terry and [Branislav] Ivanovic - really strong guys - you get better. It's a childhood dream really."

-Jeremie Boga; Source: Ligue 1 official website

While Boga hasn't locked his place in Rennes' squad as a starter - he's accumulated 7 starts and 19 appearances as a substitute for the club's first-team this season - his current manager Rolland Courbis believes it would be great to have him at the club in the next season.

"Right now he is still learning his trade, and that's logical given his age. But he has already forced his way in to our attacking plans. As far as I'm concerned, he's in the same boat as [Rennes attacking midfielder Ousmane] Dembélé."

"He has to continue his development over the next 18 months, two years. I think it'd be good for him and for Rennes if he played another season here."

-Rolland Courbis; Source: Ligue 1 official website

Rennes are currently in 4th-place in the Ligue 1 table, only 4 points behind second-place AS Monaco and a spot directly into the Champions League group stage. Even though Boga hasn't become a key player for Rennes this season, it wouldn't be a bad thing to offer him a second chance to cement his place within the team in the next one.