Bruma pens new Chelsea deal

The 18-year-old defender, who has been with the club since 2007, is

a rising star at Stamford Bridge and, despite making only four

substitute appearances for the Blues, he was handed his full

international debut by Holland this summer. He came off the bench

in last month’s Community Shield defeat to Manchester United but

has since been sidelined after undergoing hernia surgery. Speaking

after signing his new deal, Bruma told his club’s website: “I am

very happy to stay here. “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 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 in the first team and get in

the Dutch full squad again as soon as I am fit.” Bruma is currently

working on his rehabilitation and is confident he will be fit in

time for the Carling Cup match against Newcastle later this month.

“The recovery is going pretty well and I have no pain where I had

it before,” he said. “I don’t expect to be out much longer because

it is a new kind of surgery. “I had one hernia operation in June on

the left side and now I have had the right done so I can put it

behind me and move on. “As soon as I am back with the group

training, I have to show that I am completely fit and show the

manager I can do it again.”