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Ostersunds agree deal to sign Chelsea youngster Charlie Colkett

Charlie Colkett
Image: Charlie Colkett won the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in back-to-back seasons with Chelsea

Ostersunds FK have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea youngster Charlie Colkett.

The 22-year-old will join the Swedish club on a three-and-a-half-year deal and it is understood Ostersunds will pay a small fee for the midfielder.

Colkett's previous deal with Chelsea was due to run until 2020 but the youngster has instead opted to join English head coach Ian Burchnall at the Allsvenskan side.

"We have succeeded in getting Charlie, which means a lot to us. He is a young promising player who has chosen to play with us and it feels incredibly good," said Burchnall.

Ostersunds FK have embarked on a philosophy of signing young English talent under new head of recruitment David Webb, and they signed Francis Jno-Baptiste from Crystal Palace last month.

COBHAM, ENGLAND - MARCH 15:  Charlie Colkett of Chelsea in action during the UEFA Youth League quarter final match between Chelsea and Ajax at Chelsea Trai
Image: Colkett failed to make a first-team appearance for Chelsea

Colkett is a former England youth international from U16 to U20 level but has been unable to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge.

He was part of the Chelsea youth side which recorded back-to-back triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016.

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Colkett then had loan spells at Dutch side Vitesse as well as Swindon, Bristol Rovers and Shrewsbury Town.

"I've known him since he was 16, a young guy who is incredibly technical and creative," added Webb.

"We have chased him for a long time and now he has finally signed up for us."

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