Chelsea’s teenage duo Tino Anjorin and Ian Maatsen are reportedly close to agreeing new contracts at Stamford Bridge.
According to the Daily Mail, the Blues academy pair are “close” to signing new deals with the club and committing their futures.
It is understood that 18-year-old midfielder Anjorin is the closest to signing a contract that will be an initial three-and-a-half year deal, with the option of an extra 12 months.
The report also details that progress has been made in Chelsea’s talks with 17-year-old defender Maatsen and that could be finalised by March.
Both are viewed as highly-rated talents in the youth system and have had “increase involvement” with the senior group this season.
First-team manager Frank Lampard is reportedly impressed by Dutch full-back Maatsen, while attacking midfielder Anjorin has drawn comparisons to Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
They were both given their first-team debuts this season off the bench in the 7-1 win over Grimsby Town in the Carabao Cup and look like they could be the club’s next rising stars.
There must be such a huge incentive within the academy right now, as they see the likes of Loftus-Cheek, Tammy Abraham, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori all making the jump from the youth team to the first-team in recent seasons.
Chelsea have one of the best academy systems around that is now providing a serious pool of players and that doesn’t look like stopping anytime soon.