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Chelsea announce signing of Burkina Faso teenager

Chelsea have released a statement on the signing of 18-year-old Burkina Faso midfielder Bertrand Traore. "Chelsea Football Club is delighted to announce an agreement to sign Bertrand Traore. The 18-year-old has agreed a four-and-a-half year contract.

"Traore is a full international for Burkina Faso having made his debut in September 2011 a few days before his 16th birthday, and he made one substitute appearance at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations. He has 10 international caps and has scored once ahead of next month's World Cup qualification play-offs in Africa in which Burkina Faso face Algeria.

"In 2011 he helped his nation win the Africa Under-17s championship. An attacking midfielder, Traore was taken as a trialist on Chelsea's tour of Asia in the summer and played a part in all three games, scoring in Malaysia and in Indonesia."

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