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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Chelsea Once again Facing Investigation

English Premier League club Chelsea could be the subject of another investigation regarding signing under-aged player. The West London club is now heavily interested in Dutch club Feyenoord’s 15-year-old prodigy Nathan Ake. Reports out in the media suggest that the club has agreed a £670,000 deal to land the promising player, but according to rules in Netherlands no player under the age of 16 can contact with agents and sign professional deal.

So, his agent Dan Kramp is also facing investigation from Netherlands FA. During Christmas holiday Ake accompanied Kramp to London to have trial at Stamford Bridge and the player even wrote about his trip to London in his Twitter account.

Tjaeerd Vekken, a member of parliament from Labour Party, even took the issue to parliament and asked the FA to look into the issue and stop this deal to be materialized.

Here, it is noteworthy that Nathan Ake turns 16 this Friday. Now, the question is if the deal has already been done or just on the discussion table. A spokesperson from Dutch FA has said that the Dutch football’s governing body would investigate on the issue to see if anyone is involved in any wrongdoing.

In 2009, Chelsea was involved in the controversial Gael Kakuta deal and was imposed a transfer ban for two transfer windows by FIFA. Though the ban was lifted later on, Chelsea is expected to be cautious while dealing with under-aged players.

On the issue regarding Nathan Ake, a Chelsea spokesperson has said that the club has not breached any rule as it kept regular contact with Feyenoord regarding their interest in the player.

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