Gael Kakuta today ended speculation about his future by signing a four-and-a-half year deal with Chelsea Football Club.

The talented young Frenchman’s current contract was due to expire at the end of the current campaign and press speculation had been growing about the players next move.

Speaking to the clubs official website, Kakuta, 19, said: ‘Since I signed for Chelsea when I was 16 all I was thinking about was to get to the first team. Now I have been playing a few times with the first team and I have signed for four-and-a-half more years I have to make a way for myself into the starting 11, and make my dream come true.

‘The manager said to me it is the right time to play and I think for me it is as well. It’s my job to do my best and try to play more often and show the coach that I am good enough to play in the team.’

Since joining the Blues as a 16 year old from Lens, Kakuta has progressed steadily at a national level into the France Under 20 squad this season having won the European Under 19s Championships  in the summer whilst being named Uefa’s Golden Player of the Tournament in the process.