Tino Anjorin has agreed a new long-term deal to keep him at Chelsea until 2025 but it will not be signed until the country’s coronavirus lockdown is lifted.
The 18-year-old winger made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 4-0 rout of Everton, the final Premier League game before the season was halted.
That vote of confidence from Frank Lampard was a significant boost and talks over personal terms had progressed in the past couple of weeks.
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Anjorin, who has just over a year remaining on his current deal, will be the ninth academy player to agree new terms this season.
First-team regulars Mason Mount, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and the fit-again Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all agreed extensions on top of recent debutants Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja and third-choice goalkeeper Jamie Cumming.
The news of Anjorin’s extension was first reported by goal.com.
Leading goalscorer Tammy Abraham remains in talks over a new deal that has dragged on for several months, while the club remain engaged in negotiations with a number of other players.
Willian, Pedro, Willy Caballero and Olivier Giroud are all out of contract at the end of June.
Talks have taken place with Willian across several months but they have been complicated by the Brazilian demanding a longer-term deal than the club are willing to sanction for a player over the age of 30.
Pedro has been linked with a move back to Spain or the United States, while Giroud said last month that he would be open to staying having worked his way into Lampard’s plans following an injury crisis.
Developments regarding new signings are unlikely during the coronavirus lockdown, though the club retains interest in several big names including Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham.