Manager hoping to send young striker to Chelsea as 'even better player' at end of season

Charlton Athletic manager confirmed that young striker Mason Burstow will stay at the club for the remainder of the season as a loanee despite his expected transfer to Chelsea.

The 18-year-old, who has already had six goals in 14 goals in all competitions for Charlton this season so far, reportedly attracted interest from a few Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Brentford (Daily Mail).

The Blues reportedly secured the deal after making “a substantial bid” for the teenager.

Chelsea are yet to make any official announcement but Charlton boss Johnnie Jackson has pretty much confirmed the transfer.

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“So Mason was in the squad but things developed late – so he went off to have discussions,” the manager told London News Online on Monday.

“I believe that a deal is very close and that he will be coming back on loan to us.

“Great that the club and the chairman has got a deal he is happy with. But also we get the player back as well.

“I talk about him a lot, especially recently. He’s someone we love here, and I’m really fond of him. I love his attitude and he is still so young.

“I’m really enjoying helping him develop and giving him the opportunities he has had so far.

“Pleasing, if we do manage to get him back on loan, that I can continue to help that development. Hopefully, [we will] send him to Chelsea an even better player than he is now.”

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Obviously, Burstow is likely going to be part of the academy setup, when, as the report suggested, he arrives at Chelsea in the summer.

Previously, the Blues have also signed 18-year-old left-back Dylan Williams from Derby County.

Williams has already arrived at Chelsea and even made his debut for the U-18s in the dramatic 4-3 win over Liverpool on Saturday.

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