The teenager is one of the best of the next era of talent that is coming out of the academy at Cobham Training Centre.
Chelsea have agreed a deal with Tino Anjorin to renew his contract till 2025 after making significant development in talks in recent weeks.
The 18-year-old, who had just 15 months remaining on his preceding deal, now awaits a signing-on date however the contract has been agreed in principle to ensure he stays at the club.
Frank Lampard aided Chelsea’s cause in keeping hold of Anjorin by promoting him to the first-team squad beforehand of football’s hiatus due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Chelsea were contending with an injury crisis, leading to Anjorin making numerous matchday squads that eventually resulted in his Premier League debut in the 4-0 win over Everton in the Blues’ last match before football’s suspension.
The Blues have since been in self-isolation after Callum Hudson-Odoi tested positive for coronavirus and, even though they are now allowed out of their houses, they continue to train from their homes with the training ground nevertheless not fully operational.
Still, the new deal represents a massive step of Anjorin at his boyhood club and he outlined his ambitions after making his debut.
“I want to be scoring, I want to be creating,” Anjorin stated in an interview with The Independent. “In 5 years’ time, I want to be a leader in the team, supporting the younger academy kids to come through, where they can look up to me too and thrive as well.”
Meanwhile, the Blues are hoping to renew Tammy Abraham’s contract and are continuing to push in advance with talks with other players amid the stoppage in the soccer season.
There has been growing optimism at the club about renewing the striker’s contract in recent weeks however a full settlement has been hard to come by.
Lampard’s influence on introducing homegrown and academy stars into his first-team squad has led to a host of contract renewals for the subsequent era of talents coming through their training base at Cobham.
Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori, Billy Gilmour, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja and Jamie Cumming are amongst currently promoted first-team stars to have renewed their contracts.
But Tariq Lamptey and Clinton Mola, the latter of whom was enormously regarded despite having not made his debut, opted to leave the club for Brighton and Stuttgart respectively.
Chelsea are additionally fascinated in a host of players beforehand of the summer transfer window with the likes of Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele on their list.
In midfield, there’s interest in Lille’s Boubakary Soumare and Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham. There’s additionally focus on recruiting a left-back – with Leicester City’s Ben Chilwell and Porto’s Alex Telles topping the list – and Getafe’s on-loan Barcelona player Marc Cucurella ranking lower down.
Ajax’s Andre Onana is amongst the goalkeeping targets to replace Kepa Arrizabalaga should Lampard push to see the club-record signing leave Stamford Bridge.
Although Chelsea are pushing beforehand with contract renewal talks at the moment, efforts to sign players from different clubs are expected to slow temporarily, as the coronavirus situation plays out.
Chelsea have already announced the incoming signing of Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech for £37m ($43m), with that deal carried out in January.