Date published: Thu 9 Jan 2014
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux
Having made headlines for being the third youngest player ever at the finals of the Africa Cup of Nations in 2012, talented 18-year-old, Bertrand Traoré, is in the national news again. The Burkina Faso player, a Whitgift pupil from 2011-13, signed a four-year contract with Chelsea FC on New Year’s Day. The youngster’s performances in academy matches, and the games on Chelsea's tour of Asia in the summer as a trialist, clearly paid off.
This was swiftly followed by news that Bertrand has been loaned to Dutch team Vitesse Arnhem, until the end of the season. The club is currently second in the Dutch league table, Eredivisie, the highest echelon of professional football in the Netherlands.
The teenager, regarded as one of Africa’s most talented young players, is the School’s first full international football player, swiftly followed by Victor Moses representing Nigeria. Bertrand, whose elder brother is also a professional footballer, playing for French team Lorient, has been a full international since the age of 15.
We look forward to following Bertrand’s career path and wish him all the best.
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