Bruma commits to Blues
Teenager Jeffrey Bruma has pledged his loyalty to Chelsea by penning a new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
Last Updated: 01/09/10 6:08pm
Teenage defender Jeffrey Bruma has pledged his loyalty to Chelsea by penning a new four-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
The 18-year-old, who arrived at the club in 2007, signed his first professional contract last summer and has gone on to make four first-team appearances off the bench for the Blues.
Dutch international Bruma, who has recently undergone surgery on a hernia, is thrilled to have put pen to paper on a new deal, which will keep him at the London club until at least 2014.
"I am very happy to stay here," Bruma told Chelsea's official website.
"I have been working to improve all the time I have been here and a next step is getting your next contract, and now it is time to improve again.
"I have made my international debut already and that was the aim for two or three years' time.
"It has come so early and when you reach your targets you obviously have to set new ones, so my new targets are to play as much as I can at Chelsea in the first team and get in the Dutch full squad again as soon as I am fit."
Bruma, who made his international debut for the Netherlands in a friendly against Ukraine last month, is currently racing to be fit following his recent surgery.
But the young stopper is confident he will be match-ready for the Carling Cup encounter against Newcastle later this month following his involvement in the tournament last season.
"The recovery is going pretty well and I have no pain where I had it before," he said.
"Now it is more muscle stiffness all over the body because your body has to get used to everything again.
"I don't expect to be out much longer because it is a new kind of surgery. I had one hernia operation in June on the left side and now I have had the right done so I can put it behind me and move on.
"As soon as I am back with the group training I have to show that I am completely fit and show the manager I can do it again."