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DONE DEAL: Chelsea youth chief Fraser welcomes arrival of Brighton defender Zak Sturge


Chelsea have completed the signing of teenage defender Zak Sturge from Brighton.

The England Under-18 international was a regular for the Seagulls at youth team level last season, making 22 appearances as the South Coast side reached the FA Youth Cup quarter-finals and finished eighth in the Under-18 Premier League southern section.

Sturge also made one appearance in Premier League 2 in 2021/22, having made his debut at that age group the previous season.

Chelsea head of youth recruitment Jim Fraser told the club's website: 'We are really pleased that Zak has agreed to sign for Chelsea, where he will initially strengthen our Under-21s squad as he looks to continue his development.

"Zak is another emerging talent to join us this summer and we cannot wait for him to get started at Cobham.'

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