Giroud was once shocked by the age of Chelsea academy star following

Report: Giroud was shocked by the age of Chelsea academy star following his displays in training

Olivier Giroud was apparently left feeling stunned by the real age of Harvey Vale after the pair trained together with the Chelsea first team.

According to The Athletic, the France World Cup winner once asked Vale where he had parked his car following a session at Cobham.

Unbeknown to Giroud, Vale explained he was actually ‘too young to drive and was taking a taxi home.’

This was to the astonishment of the former Chelsea striker, who ‘couldn’t believe it because of the maturity and quality he’d just seen’ the now 18-year-old demonstrate on the pitch.

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Kindly, Giroud offered his young colleague a ride home.

And what a journey it’s been for Vale over the past 12 months or so.

Vale’s adventure

That incident in question with Giroud occurred not long after Frank Lampard had called him up to the senior setup.

Although Vale’s involvement under Lampard was pretty limited, it demonstrated how highly he is rated around the club.

At development level, the versatile midfielder continued to progress beyond many of his peers.

Last season, he scored seven times and provided 11 assists, mainly for the Under-18s side.

He has since been fully promoted to the Under-23s set-up, but the step-up hasn’t damaged his output.

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The England Under-19 international is already on five goals and three assists for the term.

In Tuchel’s thoughts

His recent performances on the youth stage have earned him a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s plans as well.

In the two of the last three matches, he’s been part of Chelsea’s match-day squad.

Giroud was right to point out Vale’s maturity.

For club and country this year, he has been handed the captain’s armband.

Some CV for a player who, up until September, couldn’t legally buy a pint in a pub.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."