Defender Marc Guehi has signed a new Chelsea contract having started the season in fine form for our development squad.

The teenager has been an ever-present for Andy Myers’ side, who remain unbeaten after their opening five matches and currently sit top of the Premier League 2 table. Guehi has captained the team from centre-back and helped us rescue a point at Manchester City with a last-minute equaliser.

He was previously involved with the senior side in pre-season, playing the first half against Bohemians in Dublin.

‘I’m really excited and happy to sign a new contract and extend my stay at the club,’ he told the official Chelsea website after putting pen to paper on a new deal that will run until at least 2022. ‘I can now focus completely on my football and try to better myself every day.

‘I’ll continue trying to do the best I can and make an impression when I’m playing. Having the captain’s armband with the development squad gives me that extra bit of responsibility and allows me to show my leadership qualities.

‘Seeing how Frank Lampard has given the younger boys chances is really inspiring for me and gives me that motivation to push even more. Players like Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori have broken through as defenders in the last few seasons and that really motivates me, as well as someone like Billy Gilmour who I know very well. It’s an amazing achievement for him - hopefully myself and many other players get the opportunity to play for Chelsea as well.’

After signing for the Blues at the age of eight, Guehi has progressed impressively through the ranks and featured regularly for the youth team as we won seven trophies in two seasons between 2016 and 2018.

On the international stage, Guehi played in every game for England at the 2017 Under-17 World Cup, helping the young Lions lift the trophy with a goal in their 5-2 final victory over Spain. His bright start to this season earned a maiden England Under-21 call-up last week and he will be looking to make his debut at that level in forthcoming Euro qualifiers against Turkey and Kosovo.

Guehi’s new deal follows the contract extensions signed by fellow Academy graduates Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, Jamie Cumming and Conor Gallagher this summer.