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Armando Broja set for new contract, possible first-team role with Chelsea — report


Vitesse v Ajax - Dutch Eredivisie Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images

One of the more impressive performers in this year’s Loan Army was Armando Broja, who joined Vitesse last summer after making his Chelsea debut at age 18 in the last match before the pandemic, our 4-0 win over Everton in March 2020. He would go on to become one of the most prolific teenagers across any of Europe’s top divisions, with 11 goals and 3 assists in 36 matches for the Eredivisie outfit, making him their joint-leading goalscorer alongside Loïs Openda.

Broja’s efforts have not gone unnoticed back at Chelsea, obviously, and as rumored before, we are set to start negotiations with the young striker over a contract extension. The 19-year-old’s initial three-year professional deal will expire next summer.

More interestingly, Sky Sports are claiming that Broja could be in line for a role in next season’s first-team.

Beyond just motivation to entice him to sign on the dotted line — though there is no reason to think that he wouldn’t want to extend — there could be something to that notion seeing as how Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham are both expected to leave this summer and we may not be able to secure any of our big-money, big-name targets like Romelu Lukaku or Erling Haaland. (Ed.note: and spending money on just backups or squad players is hopefully not something we do anymore.)

Sky Sports add that there is plenty of interest in Broja from around Europe, which should bode well for a second season on loan in case Thomas Tuchel feels he is not yet ready to take on a Chelsea role. But first, a new contract!

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