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Bertrand Traoré
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0Full Name Bertrand Isidore Traoré
0Date of Birth 6 September 1995
0Place of Birth Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
0Position Attacking Midfielder
0Chelsea career 2010 -
0Debut 16 September 2015
0Games (goals) 16 (4)
0Other clubs AJ Auxerre
Vitesse Arnhem (loan)

Bertrand Isidore Traoré (born 6th September 1995 in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso) is a Burkinabé international attacking midfielder who currently plays for Chelsea.


Pre-Chelsea career

Bertrand caught the eye at the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup as a then 14 year-old playmaker for Burkina Faso. He garnered much attention but eventually surfaced at Chelsea in 2010.

Chelsea career

Bertrand was initially limited to non-competitive and unofficial outings for Chelsea at Under-18 and Under-21 levels due to his official status as a trialist. He did however appear for the Blues in all three games of the 2013 pre-season tour of Asia, making an impact by scoring two goals.

On 31 October 2013 he signed a four-and-a-half year contract with the club, though at the time he was yet to receive a work permit, making a January loan to a European side likely. Duly, on January 2nd 2014, it was announced that he would join feeder club Vitesse Arnhem until the end of the 2013-14 season. He duly impressed, scoring three goals in a little more than a dozen appearances and showed versatility by often lining up as a centre-forward.

He returned to the club on loan for the 2014-15 season and caught fire in late November, when manager Peter Bosz decided to utilise him as a centre-forward rather than a winger. He never looked back, scoring 17 goals to help fire Vitesse into the Europa League and develop his own personal reputation as one of Europe's hottest teenage commodities.

In June 2015 it was widely speculated that he had secured a UK Work Permit to play for Chelsea ahead of the 2015-16 season.


Bertrand is a full international for Burkina Faso, having made his debut as a 15 year-old just days before his birthday in September 2011. He played at the 2012 African Cup of Nations and served as his country's Under-20 captain. He has become a regular full international for them.

His older brother Alain, a handy striker in France, also plays for Les Etalons.


Vitesse Arnhem (on loan from Chelsea)
Season League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2013-14 15 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 3
2014-15 33 14 3 3 0 0 0 0 36 17
Season Prem FA Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2015-16 10 2 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 16 4
Total 10 2 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 0 16 4

Correct as of 18 May 2016


# Season Date Year Competition Opponent Score Result Venue
12015-1631 January2016FA CupMilton Keynes Dons5-15-1Stadium mk
22015-1613 February2016Premier LeagueNewcastle United5-05-1Stamford Bridge
32015-1621 February2016FA CupManchester City5-15-1Stamford Bridge
42015-1605 March2016Premier LeagueStoke City1-01-1Stamford Bridge

Career honours



Bertrand signed a new three-year deal in August 2016, tying him to the club until 2019.

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