OFFICIAL: Jamie Cumming signs new four-year-deal with Chelsea

Matt Debono

The 19-year-old was confirmed to have extended his stay at the club on Wednesday, and will stay contracted with the Blues until 2023. 

Cumming has been a Blue since the age of eight, and speaking to the official Chelsea website, the teenager is looking forward now to the season ahead: "It’s brilliant news, a very proud moment for me and my family. I’ve been here since the age of eight so to sign a new contract that keeps me here until I’m 23 is a great achievement. I’m now really looking forward to the new season."

Frank Lampard is now at the helm and have given instant belief to those in the academy coming through, that they can make that step into the first-team. 

"It’s a great time for young players at Chelsea. We have a manager who is willing to put his trust in young players if they deliver and it’s been brilliant for me personally to get some minutes in pre-season.

"The Reading game was a great experience because it was probably the most people I’ve ever played in front of and for the manager to put his trust in me was a massive positive. Playing in front of the Chelsea fans for the first time was brilliant.

"We started well in pre-season and there have been lots of positives from each game but lots of things to work on as well and that’s what pre-season is for."

It wasn't just the boss getting high praise from the youngster, Cumming also had this to say on the rest of the coaching staff.

"It’s great to have Joe Edwards, Jody Morris and all the other staff I’ve worked with over the years around the team. They know me very well and I know them well so it’s easy to go and talk to them. It’s a friendly environment and everyone is enjoying themselves so it’s really good to be part of that right now.

"There’s also Petr Cech back at the club and he’s great to have around, a Chelsea legend and another person I can sponge from and gain as much knowledge as I can. He was the best goalkeeper in Europe for a few seasons in my opinion and he’s a brilliant role model to have at the club."

On a final note from the goalkeeper, he can't wait to benefit from the other goalkeepers at the club despite not playing as he looks set to be the third choice this season. 

"I might not play as many games as last season but I’m focused on the positives. Signing this new contract and being involved with the first team at such an exciting time is obviously brilliant for me. 

"Training with the other keepers and all the world-class players we have here is going to benefit me a lot so I’m just planning to take the positives out of it every day."

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