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FIFA 17 story mode star Alex Hunter joins Chelsea and bonds with John Terry

4:05 am AEDT 10/12/16
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EA Sports went behind the scenes with the Blues skipper, as well as Antonio Conte, to chat about what life is like for a young player at Stamford Bridge...

FIFA 17 story mode star Alex Hunter teamed up with Chelsea to get the lowdown of what life is like for a young player emerging through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues have arguably the best academy setup in the country at the moment, having won five of the last six FA Cup Youth Cups as well the UEFA Youth League for the last two seasons.

Such is the wealth of young talent pouring out of Chelsea's youth system that Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ola Aina have also broken through into the first team this season.

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And therefore Hunter, the lead character in FIFA 17's 'The Journey' mode - which allows gamers to rise the top as a young prodigy - travelled to Chelsea to chat with a number of their figureheads.

One of them was first team manager Antonio Conte, who is keen to build a clear bridge for more young players to transition from Chelsea's youth system to the first team in the future.

He said: “It is very exciting to work with the young players here at Chelsea. Chelsea has a fantastic academy and it is important to have the opportunity to bring these young players through to the first team.

“This year we have already played four young players from the academy, which is fantastic for me, the club and the academy. We have Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nathaniel Chalobah, Ola Aina and Dominic Solanke and I think this is a fantastic thing for the club.

“John Terry is a great example for the young players because he came through the academy and they can learn a lot from him.”

Terry remains Chelsea's greatest ever youth graduate, having captained the club to numerous honours over the last ten years after making his Premier League debut back in 1998.

The 36-year-old, however, believes it is actually more difficult for youth players to make it into the senior set-up, such is the nature of how good each top-flight squad is.

"I actually think it’s harder nowadays for young players to come through," said Terry. "When I look back to the era when I came through the ranks at Chelsea, you had three or four players in your position, whereas nowadays there is so much money in the game and there are youngsters that have been brought in from all over the world in their position that they are fighting against.

"The quality in the first team, for me, makes it more difficult for them to break through too."