Chelsea announced today that Academy captain, Charlie Colkett, has signed a new three-year deal with the club, just days after winning the UEFA Youth League.
Colkett, 19, has been at Chelsea since he joined as an U11 and is now captain of the youth team that won their second consecutive UEFA Youth League last week. The young midfielder was also instrumental in the youth team's two FA Youth Cup triumphs.
The three-year deal keeps Colkett at the club until he is 22 and many at the London outfit believe the midfielder has a bright future ahead of him with Chelsea. He was recently an unused sub during a Premier League game against Swansea City, marking his first involvement with the senior matchday squad.
The 19-year old will have to impress incoming boss Antonio Conte to see more involvement with the senior squad but he is highly-rated by the staff at all levels at the club, giving him a good chance at getting opportunities when Conte takes over as head coach.
Colkett speaks on the deal
Colkett told the Chelsea website: "It's a very proud day for me and my family to sign again for Chelsea. It's been great since I've been here."
He went on to say he hopes he can "kick on and achieve more" with the club. The England under-20 international has succeeded in every possible way at youth level and it seems to be only a matter of time before he's involved more often than not with the first team.
With Ruben Loftus-Cheek starting to become a mainstay in the first team, after performing well at youth level, Colkett will be hoping to mirror his former academy teammate's rise. Chelsea agreeing to a new deal with the young midfielder is certainly a step in the right direction.