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Gael Kakuta has signed an extension to his contract, which was due to expire this season. Kakuta has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract. He would have entered into the final six months of his contract and he would have been eligible to speak with other clubs after that. A number of clubs like AC Milan and Bayern Munich were set to be interested in him, but now Chelsea can enjoy the services of this 19-year-old French teenager for another 5 years at least. He is widely regarded to be the best talent at Chelsea, but has his talent been seen in actual games?
When Carlo Ancelotti arrived at Chelsea, he said that Gael Kakuta was the most talented teenager he had ever seen at this age. However, it seems that the likes of Josh McEachran and others seem to be ahead of him in the pecking order after poor displays in the matches that he started or was substituted in. He has so far started in five games for Chelsea, but he is yet to score a goal in those. I admit that it is very difficult to expect too much of him at this stage in his career, but seeing the likes of Josh McEachran play baffles me why Kakuta cannot deliver at the big stage.
Anyway, he has signed a new contract that will keep him at Chelsea till 2015 and there is plenty of time in which he can prove his worth and the lengths Chelsea went to sign him from Lens was not wrong.
‘Since I signed for Chelsea when I was 16 all I was thinking about was to get to the first team. Now I have been playing a few times with the first team and I have signed for four-and-a-half more years I have to make a way for myself into the starting 11, and make my dream come true.’
Chelsea, meanwhile, have also signed another teenager from Feyenoord and not surprisingly, that has sparked a new controversy. It is reported that 15-year-old defender Nathan Ake has agreed to sign for Chelsea when he turns 16 in February and Feyenoord are reportedly unhappy with Chelsea.