Faustino Anjorin has insisted putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract with Chelsea was a ‘brilliant feeling’ in which he had ‘no hesitation’.
The 18-year-old Blues prospect has been at the club since the age of six years old and climbed the ranks at Cobham before earning his professional debut at Stamford Bridge under Frank Lampard.
Anjorin featured as a second-half substitute in Chelsea’s 7-1 demolition of Grimsby Town in the EFL Cup back in September before reappearing in March under similar circumstances against Everton.
The young attacking midfielder has flourished this season in the academy truly earning his contract as he leads the Development Squad goal scoring charts.
‘It’s a brilliant feeling’
Chelsea have earned a growing reputation amongst Europe’s elite for, one of and if not, the greatest academy and production of young players.
Anjorin was reportedly being monitored by the likes of, Borussia Dortmund, both Manchester clubs and Liverpool, before the England Under-19 international put pen to paper.
“It’s a brilliant feeling,” began the Poole born wonderkid. “I’ve been at the club since I was six years old so to get to this stage and then be offered another five-year contract on top of that is amazing.
“I had no hesitation but to take it straight away because to play for the club I always dreamed of playing for is really special for me.
“I’ve been at Chelsea for so long, so it feels really special to get this new long contract, especially because it gives me a few years to keep developing and try to push to get into the first team.
“I know I still have a lot of hard work to do to get there but hopefully I can do it and inspire the next group of young players coming through that it can be done.”
Anjorin hails coaching staff
Anjorin hailed and showered praise upon the coaching staff at Chelsea, Lampard, Jody Morris and Joe Edwards, all of which he worked with in the academy.
The midfielder insisted the trio have made his transition from youth football to professional a smooth one.
“It’s been a really crucial season for young players here,” Anjorin told the Official Chelsea Website. “Frank, Jody Morris and Joe Edwards have taken us on board and really committed themselves to bringing young players through.
“It’s been really important to have those familiar faces around. It’s easy to talk to people and be around the first team building more because you’re welcomed in.
“Hopefully I can try to carry on being a part of that as long as I keep working hard and impressing the coaches.”
‘Tino, Tino, Tino!’
Anjorin averred that making his debut in September against Grimsby Town was an ‘amazing’ feeling before he recalled the spine-tingling feeling he experienced against Everton in March.
“‘Coming on and playing well like I did in the 20 minutes that I had, it was amazing,” said the youngster.
“It just feels brilliant to be out there and hear the crowd because you don’t really experience that kind of atmosphere at Under-23s level.
“You feel like everyone is behind you. When I was about to come on, I remember just hearing this massive roar which was completely unexpected.
“I thought it would be quiet because nobody knew who I was, but I think they knew I was from the Academy, so the support was brilliant. It put a smile on my face for the rest of the day!
“Against Everton, I’ll never forget the fans singing my name because it just felt so amazing. I was on the pitch playing and then I just heard them chanting ‘Tino, Tino, Tino’. It was unbelievable to hear that.”