Blues set to sign another wonderkid…
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In what could be the latest addition to the Chelsea youth sides, Jose Mourinho has given the ‘ok’ to trial to prodigal Cypriot defender Panagiotis Artymatas, reports Football Direct News.
The 15-year-old will head to West London for a five day trial in the coming weeks, and if he impresses, the Blues will likely secure him to a professional deal once he turns 16.
Artymatas is rated as one of the most promising young Cypriot players in recent memory, and Chelsea have done well to earn themselves first option on a player who has interested a collection of European giants.
Despite his extremely young age, Artymatas has already made three first-team appearances for Paralimni, and is a starter for the Cyprus Under-16 side.
Artmatas’s brother Kostakis Artymatas was signed by APOEL Nicosia before this season started for a sizeable £80,00 fee, so it’s clear that footballing talent runs in their family.
Whether Artymatas ever manages to break through into the Blues first-team however is a completely different matter. Despite pouring millions of pounds into youth development since Roman Abramovich bought the club a decade ago, no youngster has been nurtured through the entire system.
Ryan Bertrand got the closest, but has now been loaned out to Aston Villa.