Chelsea transfer news as teenage sensation Kendry Paez receives a glowing reference with comparison to Jude Bellingham
Chelsea have been told they could have one of the best midfielders in world football in their ranks who could eclipse Real Madrid superstar Jude Bellingham.
The 20-year-old has developed into one of football’s best midfielders in the last 18 months following his performances for Borussia Dortmund and Madrid. Since completing his £88.5million move to Spain, Bellingham has scored 13 goals in 14 appearances.
Bellingham is destined to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu for years to come, leaving the rest of Europe scrambling for the next best thing. Fortunately for Chelsea, smart business by Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart means they are in a good position.
In June, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital paid £17.5million for 16-year-old Kendry Paez from Ecuadorian club Independiente del Valle. The teenager won’t officially join the west Londoners until he turns 18 in 2025, although he has continued to show glimpses of his potential for club and country.
Kendry Paez became the youngest South American footballer of all-time to score a goal in a World Cup qualifier last month, linking up with Moises Caicedo. At such a young age, the midfielder has some huge potential.
And according to journalist Süleyman Öztürk, the future Chelsea star has the world at his feet and could surpass the likes of Bellingham. Speaking to Voetbal Zone, he said: “He is next level. I’ve really rarely seen that. Kendry Paez, and he has been signed by Chelsea. And that is the greatest talent in South America. I went to take a look at them to see who Chelsea actually signed.
“I just didn’t know what I saw. You have Bellingham, you have Zaire-Emery, but that Páez… He is next level. I really rarely have that. I once had it with Mbappé, during his Monaco days.
“And I have that with Páez too. That’s really not normal. You’ll just have to remember that name. These are boys who are 16, but they could also have been 26.
“You had that at Bellingham too. He was already a starter for England at the age of 17, and we thought that was normal at the time. But that is not entirely normal for a seventeen-year-old boy to be the boss in midfield. And that also applies to Kendry Paez, for example.”