When the club released its official list of retained and released players, Ola Aina and John Swift, whose contracts were set to expire on the 30th of June, were listed as having been offered new deals. While there was no sort of confirmation on either front on the day of expiry itself, Aina was sighted in pre-season training, which provided cause for optimism. Finally, after much speculation, Ola Aina has now finally signed a shiny, new, four-year contract.
Congratulations to Chelsea Academy graduate Ola Aina who has signed a new four-year contract... https://t.co/KGnlEqWYy9— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 6, 2016
Aina spoke to Chelsea TV, shortly after signing his new deal.
"Signing a new deal is always a blessing, especially at a big club like this. I am happy and I need to hit the ground running again."
"As a player I think I have got better and better because of the level of coaching in the Academy and with the first team and as a person, the whole environment has helped me mature well."
"The club is close to my heart, they have helped me a lot and I am really thankful for that. It is a good moment for me."
"I like the feeling of getting properly fit and ready for the season. I like working hard and pushing myself and getting new kit, and seeing the boys again after holidays is a good feeling."
"Over the next four years I want to become a much better and established player. I want to be able to play men's football at a high level and hopefully break into Chelsea's first team because that is the ultimate goal."
Aina trained with the first-team for most part of last season but didn't register a single appearance. Here's hoping he now takes a firm step in the right direction for his career, whether it be with the first team or out on loan.