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