Richard Nartey Joins Burnley After Impressing In Clarets U23 Squad
Burnley Football Club have this afternoon confirmed the signing of former Chelsea defender Richard Nartey following a successful trial at Turf Moor. Nartey, who was released by the Blues in the summer has been a regular in the Burnley’s U23 side.
The twenty-two year-old who made 29 appearances for Sky Bet League One side Burton Albion last season has now been rewarded with a contract as he looks forward to the next phase of his career with the Clarets. Having enjoyed a top-class grounding at Stamford Bridge, where despite extending his full-time education he played alongside the likes of Mason Mount, Declan Rice, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori, Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi in more than a decade with the Blues.
Speaking about signing for the Clarets Richard Nartey said, “It’s a relief after the whole Covid-19 situation, I was just happy getting back into the swing of it whilst on a loan spell with Burton Albion when the season was curtailed by the pandemic last season. Burnley let me come originally, just to get fit, which I was always grateful for, but 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 and can progress, I think it’s a new chapter in my life.”
The Wimbedon-based defender was part of Chelsea’s FA Youth Cup-winning side in 2016/17 before earning a professional contract with the Londoners. His latest deal was not renewed at the end of June but he has remained in the Premier League with the Clarets and has so far shown his pedigree playing in a number of positions across the back four in Burnley’s Under-23 side.
Nartley said, “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 its been great to play for the Burnley U23 squad. 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.”