Chelsea starlet Izzy Brown has committed his long-term future to Stamford Bridge, signing a new four-year deal just weeks after the club sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. The 18-year-old versatile forward moved to West London from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2013 after garnering a reputation as one of the most promising talents in English football.
Brown is the second-youngest player to ever feature in the Premier league, making his debut with the Baggies on 4 May 2013 in a Premier League clash against Wigan Athletic. Having made an impact following his move to Chelsea in their academy, captaining the U19 side to a Uefa Youth League trophy, Jose Mourinho promoted him to the first team earlier this year. He made his Blues debut in the 3-0 thrashing by his former side, West Brom, in May.
Fellow academy promotee Reuben Loftus-Cheek has been retained in the Chelsea first team this season due to a midfielder shortage, but Brown has been sent on loan to Vitesse alongside Blues teammates Nathan, Danilo Pantic, Lewis Baker and Dominic Solanke. Having made six appearances so far this this term for the Dutch outfit, Chelsea have announced a new deal for Brown in a sign that Jose Mourinho sees him as part of the club's future.
"Izzy Brown has today signed a new four-year contract. The 18-year-old moved to Stamford Bridge from West Bromwich Albion in the summer of 2013 and made his first-team debut against his former club last May," the club confirmed in an official statement. "He captained our Under-19s to UEFA Youth League glory last season, scoring a brace in the final against Shakhtar Donetsk, and he was also part of the Under-18 team which lifted the FA Youth Cup. Brown, a versatile attacker, is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem for the 2015/16 season."