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Chelsea surprisingly opt to sell African starlet

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Premier League Champions Chelsea have confirmed the sale of striker Bertrand Traore to Olympique Lyon for 10 million euros ($11.3 million). Traore, 21, has signed a contract for the next five seasons. He played the last year on loan at Ajax in Amsterdam, scoring nine goals in 24 games in the Eredivisie.

The Burkina Faso international came to Chelsea in 2014 and in his 16 appearances with the Blues he scored four goals, including three in three consecutive matches in 2016.

"Bertrand Traore has completed his permanent transfer to Lyon in the French first division. We want to wish him the best of luck in his career in France and we thank him for his contribution to Chelsea," said the London club in a statement.