Bertrand Traore has finally been granted a work permit 18 months after joining Chelsea.
The Burkina Faso forward signed for Chelsea in January 2014, but at that time he had not played enough international football to earn a work permit.
The Premier League champions sent the 19-year-old on loan to Dutch feeder club Vitesse last season and he scored 13 Eredivisie goals in 27 games.
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Traore could be seen in a Blues shirt on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, where Jose Mourinho’s side play friendlies against New York Red Bulls, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Should he impress, there could be an opening in the first-team squad for Traore next season. Didier Drogba has departed Stamford Bridge for a second time and Loic Remy has been linked with a move away.