Report: Chelsea set to offer defender a new contract after he impresses Tuchel in training

Chelsea are reportedly planning to begin a conversation with Dujon Sterling over a possible extension of his current deal.

According to Goal, the Blues would like to offer Sterling a shiny contract as a reward for his hard work and perseverance following his long injury absence.

The 21-year-old missed 13 months of action due to suffering a serious illness and enduring a hamstring problem.

He has recently returned to Chelsea training and is currently part of Thomas Tuchel’s pre-season camp.

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Goal claim that the young defender’s displays and attitude have caught Tuchel’s eye.

Sterling is apparently keen on remaining at the Blues, the club he joined as a child.

His agreement runs out next June and there is already attention from Championship sides for his signature.

But because of the full-back’s willingness to stay at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea feel they need to repay his commitment.

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Unfortunately for the Blues, not all of their academy graduates share the same sense of allegiance.

Marc Guehi recently signed for Crystal Palace, Lewis Bate is close to joining Leeds, whilst Tino Livramento and Myles Peart-Harris are also nearing a move.

Such a sudden evacuation of young stars has taken the Chelsea hierarchy by surprise and one they hope to minimize at all costs.

Tying down Sterling is the first piece of the puzzle; they will hope others can follow suit.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces 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.