‘I can’t believe Chelsea released me’ – Arsenal star pained at what Chelsea did to him

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It would surprise many to know that Arsenal star Eddie Nketiah was a Chelsea academy player before his move to Arsenal.

The 22-year-old was scouted by Chelsea at the age of nine and remained with the club for seven years until the club opted to release him.  

Just like Declan Rice, Eddie Nketiah’s Chelsea journey ended at the under-14 level, and he has admitted that he was pained by how Chelsea discharged him.

“It wasn’t really my choice to be fair. I was at Chelsea from Under-10s to 14s and I got released at the end of under-14s so, it was kind of my first big set back in football,” admitted the Arsenal forward.

“It came as a bit of a surprise, to be honest. I was in the same age (group) as Declan, Mason, all these guys.

“So, when you’re young, it’s all you know. Going to Chelsea, in school you’re known as the kid who goes to Chelsea.

“It’s part of your identity, it’s hard to let go.

“It was tough to take to be fair, especially as I was doing so well at the time.”

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