A highly-regarded up-and-coming member of the first-team setup at Premier League giants Chelsea has put pen to paper on a new long-term contract, it has been revealed.
The player in question? Lewis Hall.
For those not familiar with his name, Hall is an 18-year-old left-back, who has spent the last 11 years of his fledgling career on the books in west London.
Last season proved something of a breakout one for the England youth international, who, despite his tender years, was afforded no fewer than nine Premier League appearances, including eight starts.
And though Hall, at times, looked raw, his talent was evident, with the youngster boasting a stellar left foot, head-turning dribbling ability, and superb reading of the game.
Recent media reports, pointing towards the powers that be at Stamford Bridge moving to tie the Cobham product down to fresh terms, had in turn come as little surprise.
And, as alluded to above, if the latest word doing the rounds on Thursday evening is anything to go by, then this, today, is precisely what Chelsea have managed.
As per the reliable Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard:
‘Lewis Hall signed a new six-year deal with an option for an extra year at Chelsea today.’
The defender is now swiftly expected to put pen to paper on another contract, too, on this occasion in the form of a season-long loan with Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.