Tuchel says 19-year-old could break into Chelsea first team soon
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has commented on young midfielder Cesare Casadei’s chances of breaking into the first-team squad following his transfer.
The highly-rated 19-year-old officially completed his transfer from Inter Milan to Chelsea on Friday and signed a six-year deal with the Blues...TAP.TO.READ MORE.
Chelsea reportedly spent £12.6million (€15m) plus a potential £4.2m (€5m) in add-ons for the midfielder, so naturally, there are high expectations of him.
While it is clearly too soon to consider him a solution, even in the short term, to Tuchel’s midfield problems amid N’Golo Kante and Mateo Kovacic’s injury, it may not be long until Casadei makes the first-team setup.
While Tuchel wants to give the teenager time to adapt to a completely new environment, the manager has also confirmed plans to invite the player to be part of first-team training.
Chelsea Sign Cesare Casadei
“I met him yesterday here in the building,” Tuchel said about Casadei (via the Evening Standard).
“We will give him time now to learn the language, to learn what Chelsea is all about, to understand the culture, how we live here and train here on a daily basis.
“Once he is settled in we will give him the opportunity to train with us and show his qualities.
“Then we will assess him and I have a clearer picture of him. Then, we will see.”
Chelsea Sign Cesare Casadei.
Casadei is not the only young talents Chelsea have brought in this summer as they have also signed Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina from Aston Villa and MLS side Chicago Fire, respectively.
Similar to Casadei, Chukwuemeka is also a talented young midfielder who could be part of the likely midfield rejuvenation at Chelsea in the next couple of years.
Kante and Jorginho, upon whom Tuchel have relied heavily since arriving at Chelsea, are in the final year of their contracts and, depending on potential contract talks, could leave by the end of the season.
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