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|Full Name||Joao Leandro Rodriguez Gonzalez|
|Date of Birth||19 May 1996|
|Place of Birth||Colombia|
|Chelsea career||2012 -|
|Other clubs|| Quindio |
SC Bastia (loan)
Joao Rodriguez (born 19th May 1996 in Colombia) is a forward currently a part of Chelsea's academy. He is on loan at SC Bastia for the 2014-15 season.
The son of former Colombian top-flight striker Willy Rodriguez, Joao caught the eye as a prolific striker in the junior ranks of national Colombian football. His performances at the 2011 South American Under-15 Championships caught the eye of scouts worldwide, including those of Chelsea.
Joao spent two months on trial as an Under-16 and impressed enough to sign a pre-contract agreement for a five-year professional contract beginning on his seventeenth birthday. A prolific pre-season with Adrian Viveash's youth team saw him gain some attention, but with no work permit to play in England, he returned to his former club Quindio to play for the 2012-13 season.
After spending some time training in England he joined Uniautónoma in the Colombian top flight, playing on loan under his father. He scored his first senior goal against Medellin and made half a dozen appearances before his father was sacked, and he made no further appearances thereafter.
In August 2014 he joined French club SC Bastia, managed by Claude Makelele, on loan for the season
Joao has represented Colombia at Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 levels, playing and scoring at the 2014 Toulon Tournament.
Youth Team Football
Senior Club Football
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(Statistics accurate as of the end of the 2013-14 season)
Joao is contracted to Chelsea until the end of the 2016-17 season.