Thierno Ballo has confirmed he has joined Chelsea after the Premier League champions completed the signing of the highly rated striker earlier this week.
Ballo turned 16 on Tuesday and has now signed a scholarship deal with Antonio Conte‘s side.
The Austrian, who was born in Guinea, had already played for Chelsea’s youth team in friendly matches and made a huge impact last season when he scored five goals in a 6-1 win over West Ham.
In a message on Facebook, Ballo announced his move to Chelsea and accompanied it with a picture of himself holding up the club’s shirt at Stamford Bridge.
‘We narrowed down a few clubs and looked closely at not just the infrastructure but also the work in training, and Chelsea made the best impression,’ Ballo’s advisor, Peter Huemerlehner, said in an interview with Laola1.
Ballo began his career at SC Chemie Linz and is said to have scored over 200 goals in two years with the Austrian club.
The striker then spent three years with Bayer Leverkusen’s youth team before joining Viktoria Koln in 2016.
So far this season, Ballo has scored seven goals in 25 league appearances for the club’s Under-17 side.