'I want': 21-year-old European finalist admits he would love to play in PL, says he supported Chelsea growing up

Feyenoord youngster Lutsharel Geertruida has admitted he would love to play in the Premier League, adding he was a big Chelsea fan growing up.

Geertruida, 21, is an exciting defender that plays for Dutch top-flight side Feyenoord.

The right-back was part of an eye-catching Feyenoord side that even reached a European final this season. Unfortunately, they ended up losing to 1-0 Jose Mourinho’s Roma in the UEFA Europa Conference League final.

He’s already a key player at first-team level, making 42 appearances across all competitions this campaign as a main starter.

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Lutsharel Geertruida shares love for Chelsea

Feyenoord’s rising star has openly explained it’s a dream to play in English Premier League at some stage in his career.

He’s shared there was a huge influence from Chelsea when he was a kid, with Dutch legend Arjen Robben enjoying a three-year spell at Stamford Bridge earlier in his career. Incidentally, Ruud Gullit and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are some other Dutch links in Chelsea’s history.

“I want to play in the Premier League one day. When I was young, I saw Robben play at Chelsea in a scary team. Then I thought: I want that too! I also have a shirt of him. Chelsea was just my club, man. Just like Feyenoord from an early age,” Geertruida said.

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RB role at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea, who play predominately with a right wing-back, may need to address that area of the pitch this summer.

The Blues are linked with Paris Saint-Germain’s full-back Achraf Hakimi as a possible target ahead of the new season, so there could end up being a fresh face in that role.

Feyenoord youngster Geertruida should keep continuing with his progression in the Eredivisie to try attract Premier League interest.

It would be a big surprise to see Chelsea’s name linked with him at this stage, though.

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A sports journalist who graduated from Staffordshire University in 2016 and is a Chelsea supporter. Loves anything football or cricket related when it comes to England.