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DONE DEAL: Chelsea midfielder signs four-year contract to seal Stamford Bridge exit

Chelsea’s Josh McEachran has ended his Stamford Bridge career by putting pen-to-paper on a four-year deal with Brentford.

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The 22-year-old – who once one of the most exciting English youngsters in the Premier League and could potentially have been Frank Lampard’s long-term replacement – has said farewell to the Blues after signing a permanent contract with the Championship outfit today.

The England Under-21 international joined the west London giants’ academy aged 7 and earned his first competitive debut in a Champions League clash against MSK Zilina in 2010 – with high expectations placed on his shoulders.

Nonetheless, McEachran’s career failed to really kick off at Stamford Bridge, with five loan spells – at Swansea City, Middlesborough, Watford, Wigan Athletic and Vitesse – perhaps summing up what would be an inevitable departure.

The last academy star to have broken from Chelsea’s youth ranks remains John Terry – and it seems the wait will simply go on.

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