Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter has signed a new 4-year contract with the club, a report by Squawka has claimed. The English U20 start is considered to be one of the future stars for the Blues.
Jake Clarke-Salter first joined the London outfit at the age of 9. But after a year at the academy, he moved to Sutton United at the start of 2007-08 season. The Blues knew about his potential and immediately brought him back, the following season.
In 2013, he broke into Chelsea’s U18 squad while he was still 16. He had an impressive time with the youth squad as he went on to captain the side to win the FA Youth Cup twice and the UEFA Youth League.
In March 2016, he received his first call up to the senior side. He appeared on the substitute bench in a 1–1 draw with Stoke City.
He had to wait until next month to make his debut for the club. Salter replaced replacing Pedro in the 74th minute, in a 4-0 victory against Aston Villa. Club captain, John Terry praised the player’s performances and tipped the youngster to replace him one day.
Last season, he was loaned out to League One side, Bristol City where he made 13 appearances and scored a goal.
This summer, Clarke has had a wonderful time as he was part of the squad that lifted U20 World Cup. He made 4 appearances at the competition, giving away a controversial penalty in the final.
Fortunately, Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman saved the penalty to secure England’s first global tournament win since 1966 World Cup. Chelsea rates the defender highly and decided to extend his stay until 2021.
It will be interesting to see if the 19-year old will get a run in the first team next season. It is likely that Conte might decide to loan him out in the coming days as the lack of opportunities at Chelsea could hamper his growth.