Mourinho eager to keep Traore at Chelsea

The Blues boss wants the Burkina Faso midfielder to stay at Stamford Bridge this season but is aware that the youngster may have to be loaned out if he is not granted a work permit
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho admits he would love to keep Bertrand Traore at the club this season – but is aware that the youngster will probably have to go out on loan.

The Burkina Faso midfielder has impressed during the Blues’ pre-season tour of the Far East, with Chelsea claiming that he is at the club on a student visa.

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However, the 17-year-old has little chance of being granted a work permit, which could see him leave Stamford Bridge on loan this term.

“We want to keep him,” Mourinho told reporters. “Sooner or later the committee has to give him a work permit to play in England.

"If he goes on loan somewhere, he has to go, but if he’s playing for his country at the same time – one of the most important countries in African football – he’ll get his deserved permit.’’

Mourinho is not the only one to be impressed by the teenager, with England defender Gary Cahill praising Traore’s confidence and composure on the ball.

“He’s been working well with the manager for two weeks and scored a fantastic goal in Indonesia,” Cahill said.

“He’s composed on the ball and has great confidence for such a young lad.

“It’s too early to say he’s ready to do this and that, and we don’t want to get carried away, but he’s certainly not looked out of place in training alongside some top international players.”