Amadou Haidara impressed in last year’s Under-17 World Cup. The 18-year-old first caught the attention of the Blues in last year’s Under-17 World Cup. They have continued to monitor his progress during his time at the JMG Academy Bamako.
According to French newspaper L’Equipe new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is interested in bringing him to Stamford Bridge in the summer. The Blues face competition for the teenager from Spanish side Granada and French club Monaco.
The defensive midfielder is currently on trial at Ligue 1 club Bordeaux, but he is yet to agree a contract. If he does move to Chelsea he will have to first join Vitesse Arnhem, the Blues’ feeder club, in order to gain a work permit.
Chelsea F.C. Academy are the under-18 team of Chelsea Football Club. It is a member of the Professional U18 Development League. They have won the FA Youth Cup in 1960, 1961, 2010,2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and ended being runners-up in 1958, 2008 and 2013. The youth team is coached by Joe Edwards.
The academy is regarded as one of the best in English football and has produced many successful players such as the brothers Ron and Allan Harris, Peter Bonetti, Bobby Tambling, Barry Bridges, Bert Murray, John Hollins, Peter Osgood,Ray Wilkins, Graeme Le Saux, Bobby Smith, Terry Venables, Jimmy Greaves, and John Terry.
Neil Bath is the Head of youth development who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the academy along with Michael Emenalo who is the current Technical Director, having been promoted from Assistant First Team Coach, and largely responsible for exploring and recruiting new young players around the world.