Chelsea forward Bertrand Traore has signed a new three-year contract with the Stamford Bridge club. The highly-rated 20-year-old forward has committed his long-term future to the Blues, but has also agreed to join Ajax on loan for the 2016/17 campaign.
The Burkina Faso international forward, who has signed a new deal until 2019, made his Chelsea debut last season and is considered one of their most exciting young players. Traore scored his first goal for Chelsea in their FA Cup tie against MK Dons in January.
Later in the season, he became the first Burkinabe to score in the Premier League when he found the net against Newcastle. Traore, who ended last season with four goals in 16 appearances for Chelsea, had previously impressed while on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.
New Chelsea boss Antonio Conte confirmed news of Traore's loan move ahead of the Blues' first Premier League fixture of the season against West Ham United on Monday night (15 August). The Italian said Traore would benefit from playing regular football while at Ajax.
"He's a good player and we prefer he plays every game this season," the Chelsea manager explained, according to the club's official Twitter account.