Video evidence: Ahmed Khalil (Chelsea)

Despite recent reports publicising that Chelsea had sacked 15 scouts, with rumours circulating that Frank Arnesen’s job hanging by a thread, Chelsea’s worldwide recruitment policy has continued their search for new talent. And two new recruits could be on the horizon as it has come to  light that Uzbekistan’s Server Djeparov (pictured) and UAE starlet Ahmed Khalil have both been offered trials in West London.

The two players have become overnight ones-to-watch after having just scooped the 2008 Asia’s Player (Djeparov) and Young Player of the Year (Khalil) awards.

Chelsea chief Simon Greenberg told the club’s official website: “Subject to getting all the necessary permissions and the players wanting to come, we would be delighted to welcome Server and Ahmed at Cobham. Our agreement with the AFC is proof of our commitment to help develop football in Asia and this invitation can only increase the exposure to the world of the quality in Asian football.”

Djeparov, a 26,-year-old midfielder helped Uzbekistan champions Bunyodkor win the league this year as well as help advance his side to the Asian Champions League semi-final, has been rated by Brazilian team-mate Rivaldo as “definitely good enough” for one of Europe’s top leagues. Djeparov has a respectable scoring record for his country, bagging 12 goals in 46 games.

Ahmed Khalil is just 17, but the Al-Ahli striker is turning heads after lighting up the AFC Under-19 Championships earlier this month, claiming both the MVP and top-scorer awards. And the buzz around Khalil seems genuine, particularly having regard to superb individual goals like this in his back-catalogue.

This second piece of footage shows that Khalil also possesses quick thinking to compliment his fast feet, as the forward showed up the TV station with a lightening strike from a quick free-kick (watch here).


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