Winger: “I hope to play for Chelsea next season”

Bertrand Traore is hopeful he has done enough to secure a place in Chelsea’s first-team squad next season.

The 21-year-old joined the Blues in 2013 and made his senior debut under interim coach Guus Hiddink during the 2015-16 campaign.

Traore was rewarded with a new three-year contract at Stamford Bridge last summer before joining Ajax on a season-long loan deal.

The Burkina Faso international scored 14 goals in 43 appearances for the Dutch side, who lost to Manchester United in Wednesday’s Europa League final, and is keen to become part of Antonio Conte’s plans.

“I will go with the national team and after that take some rest. Then I will go back to Chelsea and have a talk – we will see.

“That’s my hope,” Traore said when asked whether he was aiming to be at his parent club next season.

“That was the key when I came to Ajax – play as many [games] as I could, do well, and try to go back to Chelsea.

“I think I had a great season but I don’t decide to stay at Chelsea or move. I will see what my future will be.

“Not yet,” Traore added when asked if he had staged talks with Conte, whom he played under during Chelsea’s pre-season programme last summer.

Traore is not alone in hoping to force his way into the Italian’s plans as Tammy Abraham has also enjoyed a successful loan spell away from west London.

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