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Chelsea, West Ham keeping track of RB Leipzig left back Matthew Bondswell — report

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At first glance, it may look like Chelsea’s first-team squad is set for years to come, at least when it comes to goalkeeping, attack, or even midfield. But we are always looking for young players who in a few years could contribute to the cause, or at least generate a good profit once their development is complete.

With this in mind, Chelsea are reportedly “keeping an eye on” RB Leipzig left back Matthew Bondswell, with West Ham joining, too, as per a report from the Telegraph. The 18-year-old is currently on loan at Dutch club FC Dordrecht, and getting his feet wet as a professional during his season-long stint.

Before joining RB Leipzig in 2018, Bondswell was part of Nottingham Forest’s academy for eight years. During that time, he was also a track and field medalist at local, school and national levels.

It is likely that Bondswell caught the eyes of Leipzig thanks to his performances with England’s national youth teams. He has been a part of the Three Lions’ under-18 squad since last year, having represented at U15, U16 and U17 levels in previous years.

It’s certainly possible that Bondswell would decide to move back to England in a few years, even if he got his initial opportunities on the continent. And if he chooses Chelsea, we just might have one fantastic athlete in our hands.