Chelsea gave me ‘Solid Grounding’, Chelsea youth star

Chelsea gave me ‘Solid Grounding’: Chelsea youth player Ola Aina has praised the club for giving him a solid grounding to develop as a player and thanked the club for making him who he is now. Aina who joined the London club at the age of 10 revealed that he is a big fan for the Blues since he was 3 years old.

Chelsea battled the likes of local rivals Tottenham, Millwall, and Southampton to sign the player when he was just a 10-year-old. Ola Aina has developed as one of the best fullbacks from the youth ranks at Chelsea and he trained with the Blues’ first team in the preseason training last year. Chelsea fans expect the youngster to be promoted to the first team next season and the player is also hopeful that he can crack into the first team if he continues his good work.

“Chelsea were the first team to scout me, along with Tottenham, Millwall and Southampton. I went to Tottenham first. I enjoyed it but they were taking too long so we went to Chelsea and they were all for signing me straight away. I trailed for a day and they signed me straight after.”
“It was a great experience for me. I really enjoyed it. I was buzzing as well because Chelsea was my dream club. I’ve supported Chelsea from the age of three, so I was really excited about that.”
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The 19-year-old English youth talent agreed that it will be very difficult to break into Chelsea’s first team and praised the infrastructures that Chelsea has to help the youth players develop. The Chelsea U21 right back was happy to see his U21 teammate Ruben Loftus-Cheek playing for the senior team whom he mentioned as an example for all other youngsters who want a first team chance.
“Growing up in a club like Chelsea is good. People have different assumptions about the club, but one thing about the club is that every player gets good quality training.”
“The opportunity to train at a good level and learn from quality players who we bring in from around the world and from around England is great, and I feel like Chelsea – wherever I go onto next or whatever happens in my career – I feel like Chelsea have played a key factor in it because they have given me a solid grounding.”

“I know how to hold myself because of Chelsea and how I’ve grown up through the years I feel that it’s given me a sense of maturity in my football and I’ll be ready to face any challenge.”

With veteran defender Branislav Ivanovic entering his last stage of his Chelsea career, Ola Aina is seen as the ideal replacement by the Chelsea fans who want their academy products to lead the team rather than players bought for hefty fees.