Chelsea youngster Armando Broja signs new contract until 2028 | Football

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Armando Broja has only played four senior games for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Armando Broja has signed a new six-year deal with Chelsea that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2028.

It was reported back in August that Blues owner Todd Boehly was keen to secure many of the club’s best young players on new long-term deals, including Broja, Mason Mount and Reece James.

The 20-year-old impressed on loan to Southampton last season, scoring nine goals in 38 games in all competitions and drawing good comparisons with former Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

As a result, Thomas Tuchel chose not to sell or loan the player for this campaign despite strong interest from West Ham, Everton and Newcastle.

He has played three games so far this season, all off the bench as he is promoted to the first-team, but he now faces deadline-day competition from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

“I’m at a loss for words just thinking about it,” said the Albania international when the contract was extended.

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Broja spent last season on loan at Southampton (Picture: Getty)

“It’s the club I’ve dreamed of all my life, the club I support and the club I love. I’ve been here since I was a boy so it’s a surreal feeling for me and my family.

“Being able to don the blue jersey with the first team is a dream come true. It’s amazing every minute to play on the pitch because this is one of the biggest clubs in the world.

“There’s always competition and everyone wants to play, so I’m just glad I have the opportunity to be a part of it. Hopefully I can play a lot of games and be a part of the team’s success.”

Broja came through Chelsea academy, made his senior debut in 2020 and already had a contract that ran until 2026.

Adding his delight at the new deal, Boehly said: “We are delighted that Armando has signed Chelsea. He’s a young and exciting striker and a big part of our plans for the future.”

Chelsea’s next game is at home to West Ham on Saturday, with Tuchel’s side looking to get back on track after a disappointing start to the season that has seen them 10th in the table.

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