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Kakuta wants regular football


Gael Kakuta

Gael Kakuta

Gael Kakuta

Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta set his sights on earning a regular place in Carlo Ancelotti's first team after committing his future to the club by signing a new four-and-a-half year deal on Tuesday.

Reports had suggested the French youngster could be set to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season after talks that opened in September failed to come to an agreement over a contract extension.

"Since I signed for Chelsea when I was 16 all I was thinking about was to get to the first team," said Kakuta, who has made nine appearances for the club this season.

"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.

"The manager said to me it is the right time to play and I think for me it is as well. It's my job to do my best and try to play more often and show the coach that I am good enough to play in the team."

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has put faith in Kakuta, Dutch youngster Jeffrey Bruma and English prospect Josh McEachran, rather than dip into the transfer market this season.

The Italian also hopes to add 15-year-old Feyenoord defender Nathan Ake in January.

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The Londoners are understood to have come to an agreement with the Dutch club over the transfer of the youngster, who is expected to sign a professional contract at Stamford Bridge when he turns 16 in February - a deal which will see Feyenoord receive compensation set by a tribunal.

The move for Ake has caused controversy in Holland, where Feyenoord sporting director Leo Beenhakker, without naming Chelsea specifically, expressed his dismay at how he thinks Premier League clubs are taking youngsters from their clubs before their 16th birthday.

"It's driving me crazy that hot prospects are walking away from us like this," Beenhakker told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad. "The Premier League clubs spoil the market with their behaviour. Other clubs in Europe aren't doing this kind of things, but the English sides just don't care."

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