Chelsea to bat away January interest for rising star as Fabrizio Romano makes fresh transfer claim

Armando Broja, Chelsea, October 2022 Credit: Alamy
Armando Broja, Chelsea, October 2022 Credit: Alamy

Insider Fabrizio Romano is “sure” that Armando Broja is part of Chelsea’s project and the striker will not leave any time soon.

Broja has been utilised sparingly in a Blues shirt this season. He has made 16 appearances, with all but one of those coming from the bench.

The striker has played 324 minutes of football throughout those appearances. It was not to be expected that he would appear consistently, given the talent the Blues have up top.

Indeed, Kai Havertz and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are ahead of Broja in the pecking order.

Still, he has shown he is capable of performing for the Premier League giants when possible. The striker scored his first Chelsea goal in a 3-0 win against Wolves in October.

He also won the penalty for Chelsea’s goal in the 1-1 draw with Manchester United three games later.

The Blues look keen to ease Broja in, as they have also done with Conor Gallagher this season. Both stars performed during loan spells for different Premier League clubs last season.

Indeed, Broja scored nine goals for Southampton last season, with six coming in the Premier League. The forward was the Saints’ second-highest goalscorer in all competitions, behind just set-piece specialist James Ward-Prowse.

Broja has shown the talent he possesses, and Chelsea will want to feel the benefit of that.

Chelsea to keep Broja under lock and key

The fact that he is getting on the pitch and having any impact for Chelsea is a good sign. If they did not see a future with him in the side soon, he would likely be out on another loan, or have been sold.

There were suitors in the summer, so it would have been easy for him to be shipped out. However, it would not be a surprise if in a year or two down the line, he is a very impactful player for Chelsea.

It seems the Blues feel he can be a useful asset down the line. Transfer insider Romano feels they are keen to keep him around, hence his recent new deal.

“I’m sure Broja is part of the Chelsea project as they strongly wanted to keep him and sign new long-term deal in September,” he said on Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing.

“There are no talks for potential loan, as of today; I think in 2023 the situation will be way more clear as he needs to play to improve.”

Should Broja keep performing well when given opportunities, they are likely to come more often.

That will, of course, be a good thing for his future at the club. Given he is just 21, he looks to have a very bright future in the top flight.

He will hope that future comes at Stamford Bridge, as will Chelsea, given how keen they are to keep him around.

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