Chelsea FC today confirmed that Dutch defender Jeffery Bruma has signed a 4 year deal with the club, tying him to the Pensioners until 2014.

In comments made to the clubs official site Bruma stated: ”I am very happy to stay here,’ he said. ‘I have been working to improve all the time I have been here and a next step is getting your next contract, and now it is time to improve again.

‘I often speak to [assistant first team coach] Paul Clement because when I came over here as a 15-year-old and was in the youth team, he was the youth team manager. We sit down and lay out a sheet of targets. We did this when we were away in the Champions League in Milan last season.

‘I have made my international debut already and that was the aim for two or three years’ time. It has come so early and when you reach your targets you obviously have to set new ones, so my new targets are to play as much as I can at Chelsea.”

Bruma who capped off a remarkable year at Stamford Bridge with an FA Youth Cup winners medal and a call up to the Dutch national first team also revealed his delight on his personal twitter page.

With the West London club indulging in little activity in the transfer market this window, with only Yossi Benayoun and the Brazilian Ramires being the only signings of note, the commitment to securing the long term future of its academy stars seems to further cement the noises the club have been making for some time about developing its youth team and breaking even financially within the next few years.

It remains to be seen if the latest crop of talent including Bruma, Gael Kakuta and hotly tipped England youngster Josh McEachran can establish themselves amongst the behemoth of talent currently at the club; it is however, steps in the right direction.

In addition to this news, the club has released the details of which players will be included in the 25 man squad for the Barclay’s Premier League, after new rules limiting squad size were put in place this season.

The following players are included in the Chelsea FC Premier League Squad:

1. Petr Cech
2. Branislav Ivanovic
3. Ashley Cole
5. Michael Essien
7. Ramires
8. Frank Lampard
10. Yossi Benayoun
11. Didier Drogba
12. John Mikel Obi
15. Florent Malouda
17. Jose Bosingwa
18. Yury Zhirkov
19. Paulo Ferreira
21. Salomon Kalou
22. Ross Turnbull
26. John Terry
33. Alex
39. Nicolas Anelka
40. Henrique Hilario

Our Under 21 players who currently have a squad number are:
23. Daniel Sturridge
38. Patrick van Aanholt
43. Jeffrey Bruma
44. Gael Kakuta
45. Fabio Borini
46. Josh McEachran

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