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Arsenal striker Nketiah: Being released by Chelsea was difficult


Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah admits being cut by Chelsea as a junior player was tough to take.

Nketiah may have come through the Arsenal academy but he used to be on the books of Chelsea.

However, the West Londoners released him in 2015 and it left him heartbroken.

Opening up on the situation, Nketiah told The Times: "I'd played a season of proper football for the local Sunday team the Hillyfielders.

"I was loving it and that kind of continued into Chelsea — had good trials, played well, scoring throughout the age groups.

"I was physically underdeveloped, small for my age, and it felt like a big moment because growing up in a sporting area, everyone knows you're the young player who plays for Chelsea.

"It almost becomes part of your identity. So it's very tough to take it and let go."

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