New contract and loan for young defender
Academy defender Richard Nartey has signed a new contract and today joined Burton Albion on loan for the 2019/20 season.
In his younger schoolboy days, he played in central midfield and as a winger, while also featuring at wing-back in his debut campaign as a Chelsea scholar. A former captain of Ajax and the Netherlands, he has represented his country up to Under-19 level.
Through hard work and application, he forced his way into our 2016/17 Youth Cup side as the campaign progressed, starting both legs of the semi-final and final, and scoring the ninth goal in our 9-2 aggregate thrashing of Tottenham. He ended the season with winners medals in the Youth Cup and Under-18 Premier League.
Castillo scored his first development squad goal in our Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win over Oxford United.
In 2017/18, the Dutchman split his duties between the youth team and development squad, while also featuring in all but one game as our Under-19s were runners-up in the UEFA Youth League. He scored his first development squad goal in our Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final win over Oxford United and was a regular throughout our triumphant Youth Cup campaign. The following season, he worked full-time with the older age groups and scored a crucial Youth League goal against Montpellier in the last-16.
In January 2017, Castillo signed a first professional contract at the club until the end of the 2018/19 campaign.