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Chelsea have signed 12-year old French wonderkid Jeremy Boga from youth team ASPTT Marseille; fending off interest from Lyon, Monaco, Marseille and Bordeaux.

The youngster’s silky skills have seen him likened to French legend Zinedine Zidane, and Chelsea’s chief scout in France, Guy Hillion, has described him as “An excellent number 10” – lamenting his inability to wear a number 9 shirt.

Owing to the archaic regulations regarding 12-year olds, Boga will have to remain in France until he is 16.

"That is not a transfer, as the rules forbid it," said Hillion, as the transfer went through, “We couldn’t have signed Jeremy if his father didn’t live in London.”

Fortunately, he does. This has allowed Chelsea to bend child labour laws by committing a 12 year-old to a professional contract that doesn't start for another four years.

Unfortunately for Boga’s current, ASPTT Marseille, they have been left out the loop. "We have had no news from the Boga family neither from Chelsea, this happened behind our back," bemoaned a disgruntled youth team director to the French NSPCC.

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