Ike Ugbo: Chelsea under immense pressure to keep youngster at Stamford Bridge

Ike Ugbo: Chelsea under immense pressure to keep youngster at Stamford Bridge

- Ike Ugbo has been on fire at Belgian club side Cercle Brugge

- The 22-year-old has scored 10 goals in 15 appearances so far

- Chelsea are now having issues holding on to their academy graduate amid several interests from other European clubs

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Chelsea are reportedly having difficult times holding on to their rising star, Ike Ugbo, after recently turning down a bid of about £3 million for the youngster.

The 22-year-old English star of Nigerian descent has been impressive at his Belgium topflight side, Cercle Brugge.

He joined them on a season-long loan deal from the Blues in the summer and has already registered 10 goals topflight appearances so far.

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His superb performances have seen him attract attention from Russian League giants FC Rostov but the Stamford Bridge outfit didn't entertain such offer.

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Ike Ugbo: Chelsea under immense pressure to keep youngster at Stamford Bridge
Ike Ugbo and Anthony Musaba celebrating Cercle Bruges's goal against Sporting de Charleroi. Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media.
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The Chelsea academy product won the FA Youth Cup under then Chelsea U-18 coach Jody Morris who is now assisting Frank Lampard at the senior level as reported by SunSport.

Ugbo is contracted to the London club until the summer of 2022 after extending his contract last season.

He has also spent time on loan at Barnsley, Scunthorpe and in Holland with FC Roda but will be willing to break into the senior team like Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Reece James did.

The striker was quoted saying earlier this month that:

"I’m a true Londoner and, in my eyes, Chelsea will always be the biggest club in the capital.
"Chelsea would be the ultimate dream. As a kid, I admired Didier Drogba and John Terry. It’s up to me to prove that I’m ready for an eventual return."

The Stamford Bridge outfit has produced a number of quality players from their academy with Nathan Ake currently a first-team player at Manchester City.

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Having already spent some time at Bournemouth before earning a £41 million switch to the Etihad Stadium, while Tariq Lamptey has earned rave reviews at Brighton.

Ola Aina impressed at Torino before his return to the Premier League with Fulham FC and a few others like him.

Legit.ng earlier reported that England international Fikayo Tomori is on the verge of snubbing Premier League side Leeds United for a loan move to French side Rennes from Chelsea.

Last season, Fikayo Tomori was in brilliant form for Chelsea in all competitions which also earned him a call-up to the English national senior men's team.

So far this term in the Premier League, Fikayo Tomori has not been having active playing time with the arrival of Thiago Silva pouring more salt on the wound.

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