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Dominic Solanke was one of the top names to graduate from the Chelsea academy, and the Blues youngster is now playing for Bournemouth – Chelsea’s opposition at Stamford Bridge later today.
Abraham and Solanke had a great partnership while representing Chelsea Academy teams. The duo netted 41 goals each in 2014/15 as they fired us to success in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League.
Abraham has fond memories of Solanke as the former teammates become foe when both sides meet today.
“We have so many good memories together,” said Abraham to the official Chelsea website when recalling his on-field partnership and off-field friendship with Solanke.
“He was the first player I ever met when I came in to Chelsea and we clicked straight away. He was always skilful in the younger age groups and he had the quickest feet you’ve ever seen!
“I remember he used to play as a winger but we had a good partnership up front. When I saw him doing a certain skill, I wanted to do it as well and we were just like that, always driving each other on. It was nice to have that friendship and bond to play alongside him.”
In what was a tough battle to keep the academy product at Chelsea, he eventually sealed a move to Liverpool but couldn’t find a way into the team before being sold to Bournemouth for £19m in January.