Chelsea youngster Tino Anjorin has signed a new five-year contract with the club, becoming the latest academy prospect to do so.
The midfielder, 18, made his first-team debut in a 7-1 League Cup victory over Grimsby earlier this season and made his Premier League bow coming off the bench in the final game before football was suspended, a 4-0 win against Everton at Stamford Bridge.
Anjorin, who played a crucial role in an undefeated season with Chelsea’s Under-23s, follows in the footsteps of a number of academy graduates who have committed their futures to the club.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James have all signed long-term extensions over the past year.
“[In the academy] we’re not friends, we’re like brothers. And when we go over to the first team, it’s very welcoming, it’s like a family,” Anjorin said in an interview with the Independent earlier this year.
“Having players like Tammy [Abraham] and Mason [Mount], they know what it’s like being a younger player in the academy. They look after you and give you what maybe they never had at my age.
“Callum [Hudson-Odoi] is only a year above me. It’s relatable, so 100 per cent it makes you more confident knowing the chances are there.”
Tino Anjorin says Chelsea youngsters are ‘welcomed into first team’ under Frank Lampard
Tino Anjorin has heaped praise on Frank Lampard for welcoming younger players into the Chelsea first-team after penning a new long-term contract.
The 18-year-old midfielder, who made his debut for the club in the 7-1 win over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup back in September, will now be tied to the Blues until June 2025.
Anjorin’s displays at youth level has seen him emerge as one of the next promising players from Chelsea’s prestigious academy and featured against Everton back in March in the Premier League.
The England Under-19 international insisted he had no doubts about committing his future to the club, and hailed the influence of Lampard and assistants Jody Morris and Joe Edwards in helping young players integrate into the first team setup.
“It’s a brilliant feeling,” he told the club’s official website.
“I’ve been at the club since I was six years old so to get to this stage and then be offered another five-year contract on top of that is amazing.
“I had no hesitation but to take it straight away because to play for the club I always dreamed of playing for is really special for me.
“It’s been a really crucial season for young players here. Frank, Jody Morris and Joe Edwards have taken us on board and really committed themselves to bringing young players through.
“It’s been really important to have those familiar faces around. It’s easy to talk to people and be around the first team building more because you’re welcomed in.
“Hopefully I can try to carry on being a part of that as long as I keep working hard and impressing the coaches.”