Chelsea fans who have been hoping Dominic Solanke will play for the team next season have a reason to be happy after Jose Mourinho confirmed the player will be retained with the club next season. The player who is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England has scored a total of 41 goals in all competitions this season while playing for Chelsea youth teams is regarded as one of the best youngsters in world football at the moment.
Aside confirming he will retain the striker with Chelsea’s first team next season, Mourinho has backed the England youth international to play for England senior national team he even went further to put his reputation at stake saying he will take responsibility if the player does not become a regular for England anytime soon.
Jose said, “For Solanke to go out on loan to a Championship team, or to another team in England or Europe would be a big mistake. Staying at Chelsea, training with the first team, having pre-season with the first team, a period as cover to the main strikers playing every week at U-21′s and U-18′s and just go step by step. In a couple of years, a first team player. I think we’re doing the right thing.
“For players like [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek or Solanke, where we know for sure they have the potential to play for Chelsea one day, it’s better for them to stay here and develop.”
This is an interesting development. With Solanke set to remain with Chelsea next season, it remains to be seen what happens to Patrick Bamford who has also done well on loan at Middlesbrough.