Chelsea's Bertrand Traore tipped for top
Chelsea midfielder Bertrand Traore has a bright future ahead of him for club and country, according to Burkina Faso boss Paul Put.
Traore, 18, was officially signed by the Blues earlier this month after impressing during a series of trials.
The former Auxerre youth product has already featured 10 times for his national team and Put feels Traore has all the qualities needed to make it to the top of the game.
“I think it is one of the greatest stories that we have in Burkina Faso,” Put told ESPN. “I saw some previews of him when he was playing for the under-17s and also went to Chelsea to see two friendly games because he had no contract and could not play in competition.
“You can imagine for me that it is difficult to make a call to somebody who is not in competition but because he is a very big talent I called him up -- I can see that he is growing and adapting to the national team.
“He is one of the future, but is already one of the greatest players that Burkino Faso has. I think in the future he has the potential to play regularly for Chelsea. He has something that I haven’t seen in a lot of players, he has something special.
“He is at a difficult age now, living in a different country away from his parents, so it’s very important that the people around him help him to get on the right track. I cannot see what happens behind the scenes but he has all the abilities to able to make it at Chelsea.”