International team president tells 21-year-old prospect to leave Chelsea

'They need to play': International team's president pleads with 21-year-old prospect to leave Chelsea

Albanian football president Armand Duka has pleaded in an interview with TuttoMercatoWeb for Chelsea’s Armando Broja to leave the club in order to find regular minutes as a starter.

The 21-year-old is in the middle of his first season as a member of Chelsea’s first team, after spending last season getting experience with Southampton.

Starts have been at a premium for Broja, with there being just two on offer for him all season, both under new manager Graham Potter.

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He looked particularly dangerous against Brentford, with his pace a real nightmare for the normally solid Bees backline to deal with.

However, it has mostly been brief cameos for the young striker, with him unable to tie down a regular run in the team.

This is despite the other attacking options failing to provide regular goals in recent weeks. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kai Havertz have been mostly shadows of the players they can be on their day.

Broja told to leave Chelsea

This has led Duka to claim he hopes Broja can find a move away from Stamford Bridge to gain regular minutes, wherever that may see him end up.

He said: “I don’t know if accepting the bench is the right path for them. In my opinion it is better that they go to clubs capable of making them play 90 minutes. They need to play, everyone needs it but especially these kids who are young…

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“I’m interested in him playing and doing well, I don’t care where.”

With links to signing new strikers certainly not going away anytime soon, it may be in Broja’s best interests to find a new club to earn regular minutes.

The Blues are heavily linked with the signing of Christopher Nkunku, who has found out today that he will be forced to miss the World Cup due to an injury suffered in the week leading up to the tournament.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released