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Chelsea tie academy graduate all the way down to new contract


Chelsea have confirmed younger defender Alfie Gilchrist has signed a brand new contract to tie himself to the membership till 2026.

Gilchrist, a centre-back by commerce, has made 12 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s first group this season and has three FA Cup begins to his title.

The teen has already received Chelsea followers over along with his no-nonsense fashion of defending, and his breakthrough has now been rewarded with a brand new contract that additionally consists of the choice for an extra 12 months till the summer time of 2027.

“Signing this contract at Chelsea is a large achievement for me and my household,” stated Gilchrist. “It was a no brainer and each time I’ve signed a contract right here it has felt nicer and nicer. However now I wish to carry on pushing on and maintain bettering.”

Alfie Gilchrist, Daniel James

Gilchrist is well-liked amongst followers / Ryan Pierse/GettyImages

Co-sporting administrators Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley added: “We’re delighted to provide Alfie this new contract at Chelsea.

“It has been a pleasure to see him proceed his growth inside the membership by breaking into the first-team squad this season. We’re wanting ahead to seeing him progress additional within the years to return.”

In keeping with The Athletic, Chelsea’s plan for Gilchrist is to mortgage him out subsequent season, with a handful of Championship sides already exhibiting curiosity in taking the 20-year-old for the 2024/25 marketing campaign. Each Chelsea and Gilchrist see a mortgage transfer as the easiest way to proceed.

With Gilchrist’s future now wrapped up, Chelsea should make choices on a handful of his senior teammates. Conor Gallagher is approaching the ultimate 12 months of his contract, whereas fellow academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah may very well be bought to boost cash.