Cesare Casadei hopes to earn a spot in Chelsea’s first team for the upcoming season by proving his worth to Mauricio Pochettino.


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Following his professional debut during a loan stint at Reading, the Italian teenager received high praise when he won both the Golden Ball and Golden Boot titles at the recent Under-20 World Cup.

“I’ve just finished the season and I want to disconnect from football for a few days,” he told Italy’s Sportsweek. “Afterwards, it will depend on the options that are on the table and my decisions but I have a five-year contract with Chelsea.

“I’ve embarked on a journey that isn’t a short-term mission. The club is investing in young players and I aim to be part of its project.

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“My ambition is to wear the shirt and play in the Premier League, which is currently the number one league in the world.”

While Andrey Santos is expected to play a first-team role after arriving from Brazil and Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo is a top transfer target, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante’s departures, as well as perhaps Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Mason Mount, might create room for Casadei to shine.

The 20-year-old, who moved to Chelsea from Inter Milan last summer, is certain that he made the correct decision.

“It’s an experience that is giving me a lot from every point of view,” he continued.

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“I’m really very happy with the choice I made together with my agent Paolo Busardo. It wasn’t the most comfortable option, but I wanted to take it because opportunities like Chelsea pass by only a few times, if not once, in your life.

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“Today I can say that this experience is giving me a lot from a personal and professional point of view. I feel much improved since I’ve been there.”