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Burnley have made it four signings in a matter of days at academy level with the capture of former Chelsea right-back Richard Nartey who has impressed during a trial which has seen him play games for the under-23s.

The 22-year-old Nartey spent last season on loan in League One with Burton Albion but was released by Chelsea on his return.

Without a club since, Nartey said today: “It’s a relief. After the whole Covid situation I was just happy getting back into the swing of it. Burnley let me come originally, just to get fit, which I was always grateful for, regardless.

Now I’ve signed here is a great feeling for me. Everyone here made me feel like I had been here for years. I felt comfortable settling down and they have been a huge help in making me feel comfortable up here.

“You reach an age at Chelsea where you want to break through. The loan last year helped me a lot but coming here with that family feeling I feel like I have a direction of where I’m going and progression. I think it’s a new chapter in my life.”

Speaking to the club’s website, he said of playing for our under-23s: “It’s been really helpful, especially getting me back into the swing of things, given I was out for about six months with no training or anything, just trying to keep fit.

“The lads here have driven me on a bit more, as well, which has been great. What I’ve learned here is that if you do everything they say you should do and you back yourself technically then you never know what can happen. There is a small (first team) squad and there can be injuries and if you just keep your head down and keep going, you never know.”

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