Academy defender Josh-Kofi Acheampong has signed his first professional contract with Chelsea.

Acheampong joined the Blues as an Under-8 and has progressed through the youth ranks at Cobham.

A versatile defender, he has been a regular for our Under-18s this season and has featured for the Under-21s.

‘We are thrilled that Josh has committed his future to the club,’ said Head of youth development and recruitment, Jim Fraser. ‘He has taken another step forward in his development this season, something reflected in his performances for club and country.’

Acheampong, who turned 17 in May, was part of the England Under-17 squad that competed at the European Championships in the summer, and at the World Cup in November.

Congratulations, Josh-Kofi!