Bertrand Traore on Chelsea: “I was forced to go on loan”

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Former Chelsea youth prospect and new Lyon striker Bertrand Traore has hit out at his former club with claims that he wasn’t given the chance to make a name for himself at the club. The 21 year Burkinabe officially completed his move to the Ligue 1 side on Monday after an impressive year-long spell at Ajax in the Eredivisie.

Bertrand Traore who left for Chelsea from Auxerre’s academy seven years ago was restricted to just 10 Premier League appearances throughout his stay at Stamford Bridge and claims he was never given a fair chance to succeed.

‘I was trained at the club, I did everything, two seasons ago I even pushed the holders a bit, but we all saw what happened,’ he said.

‘I made a very good preseason and finally I was forced to go on loan, I did not want to repeat the same scenario this season.

‘It was time to look for stability in a club where I would play a leading role, where I would be a ‘cadre’ of the team, I think that here I can do everything to be among these sort of people.’

Reports indicate that Traore’s arrival could pave the way for Lacazette to make a move out of the club, with Arsenal reportedly interested in acquiring the services of the striker.

Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted the following according to reports: ‘He wants to leave. We will discuss it in the coming weeks. If so, offers will be heard, provided they match the value of the player.’

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