Player criticises Chelsea: “I’ll never get a spot at Chelsea, I trained at the club, I did everything”

Lyon new-boy Bertrand Traore has aimed a parting dig at his old club Chelsea over a lack of first-team opportunities during his time at Stamford Bridge.

The 21-year-old striker recently made an £8million move to Lyon on a permanent transfer after previous loan spells away from the Blues with Ajax and Vitesse.

Having only made a total of 16 appearances in a Chelsea shirt, Traore believes he made the right decision to move on this summer as he knew he wasn’t going to get a look-in in Antonio Conte’s side any time soon.

Sounding slightly bitter at the lack of opportunities, Traore suggested he had grown tired of wasting his time doing all he could to win a place whilst continuing to be overlooked.

‘It was time. Considering my age and for my development, it was time for me to leave the club,’ he said.

‘I could have stayed at Chelsea and played a few minutes in every game, fighting every day for a spot, knowing that I’ll never get a spot, I trained at the club, I did everything.

‘Two seasons ago, I challenged the starters but we all know what happened last year. I was there during pre-season and then I was sent out on loan.

‘So this year, I did not want to re-live the same scenario. It was time for me to find a stable club where I could play first-team football, where I could be one of the key players in the team.’

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