Chelsea are on the verge of a squad over haul this summer along with a change in the manager and without European football next season, they may find it hard to keep hold of some stars in the present line-up.
This will see the club tie important players with long-term contracts even before the end of the season and the first deal has already been announced.
The London franchise officially announced that young defender Dion Conroy has signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea earlier today.
The 20-year-old has committed his future to the Blues until 2018. He is a regular in their development squad and helped them to the Under-21 Premier League title and FA Youth Cup in 2014.
Conroy joined the Blues as an U-13 after his successful spell at Fulham and he has now broken into the senior squad. The club is keen on helping the youngster develop at the highest level and with his contract set to expire this summer, the decision was taken to extend it for another 4 years.
In more entailing news, Chelsea have also signed mid-fielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on a new 6 year contract that will keep the player at Stamford Bridge until 2022.
The 20-year-old has only made 13 appearances for the reigning Premier League champions despite making his debut in December 2014.
But now he has penned a fresh contract to stay at his boyhood club, with the England Under-21 international delighted with the deal.
He said, “I’m delighted to sign a new contract at Chelsea and my focus is on working hard in training every day in order to push on and establish myself in the team.”
The 20-year old was not able to find a place in the senior squad last season but improved performance this season have seen him as a regular on the bench and the first option as a back up in the mid-field.
He expressed his desire to play for the club and said that he is overjoyed at signing a long term contract with Chelsea.
“It really means a lot because this shows the club believe in me so I’m really happy.” He added
These deals show that the London franchise want to build a young team to dominate the league for years to come.