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Gael Kakuta signs Chelsea contract extension

Gael Kakuta
Kakuta is yet to establish himself as a Chelsea regular

Chelsea forward Gael Kakuta has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract to keep him at the club until 2015.

The 19-year-old joined the club in July 2007 but had to wait until November 2009 to make his first-team debut.

However he has been a regular squad member this season with manager Carlo Ancelotti forced to contend with injuries to senior players.

"I have to make a way for myself into the starting 11 and make my dream come true," Kakuta told Chelsea's website.

"Since I signed for Chelsea when I was 16 all I was thinking about was to get to the first team.

"It's my job to do my best and try to play more often and show the coach that I am good enough to play in the team."

Kakuta helped France win the European Under-19 Championship this summer and was also voted Uefa's Golden Player for the tournament.


His arrival from Lens was controversial with Chelsea found guilty in 2009 of having induced the player to break his contract.

Initially the Blues were barred from making signings until September 2011, although the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ban earlier in 2010 - however Chelsea were required to pay £113,000 compensation to cover the player's development at the French club.

Kakuta has played in five out of six Champions League group games, starting in two, including the home game against group runners-up Marseille.

"It is a dream when you are young to play in the Champions League and I hope I will play more games," he added.

"It is always good to play with players with more experience, you learn quicker and to improve quicker is good for our development."

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