The teenager is among the best of the next generation of talent that is coming from the academy in Cobham Training Centre.
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Tino Anjorin to renew his contract before 2025 after making substantial progress in talks lately.
The 18-year-old, who’d only 15 months remaining on his previous deal, now expects a signing-on date but the contract was agreed in principle to make sure he stays at the club.
Frank Lampard helped Chelsea’s cause in keeping hold of Anjorin by encouraging him to the first-team squad before soccer’s hiatus because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Chelsea were contending with an injury crisis, resulting in Anjorin making several matchday squads that finally led to his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Everton from the Blues’ last game before soccer’s suspension.
The Blues have been in self-isolation following Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus and, even though they’re now allowed out of their homes, they continue to train away from their homes with the training floor still not fully operational.
Nonetheless, the new deal represents a large step of Anjorin in his boyhood club and he outlined his aspirations after making his debut.
“I need to be scoring, I wish to be producing,” Anjorin stated in a meeting with The Independent. “In five years’ time, I wish to be a pioneer in the group, helping the younger academy children to come through, where they could appear to me too and flourish too.”
There’s been growing optimism in the club about renewing the striker’s contract in recent weeks, however, a complete arrangement has been hard to find.
Lampard’s influence on introducing homegrown and academy celebrities into his first-team squad has resulted in a plethora of contract renewals for the next generation of talents coming through their training base at Cobham.
Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja, and Jamie Cumming are one of the recently promoted first-team youngsters to have renewed their contracts.
Chelsea are also interested in a plethora of players before the summer transfer window with the likes of Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele in their listing.
In midfield, there is interest in Lille’s Boubakary Soumare and Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham.
Ajax’s Andre Onana is one of the goalkeeping targets to substitute Kepa Arrizabalaga if Lampard pushes to observe that the club-record signing leave Stamford Bridge.
Although Chelsea are pushing forward with contract renewal talks right now, efforts to sign players from other clubs are expected to impede briefly, since the coronavirus situation plays out.
Chelsea have announced the incoming registering of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech for £37m, with that deal completed in January.