Armando Broja didn’t know who Tottenham was when the Premier League club approached his parents about a possible transfer.
The 21-year-old forward came through the system at Chelsea from 2009 to 2020, but what many people don’t know is that he started his youth career at London rivals Spurs.
After trials at Reading and Fulham, exciting prospect Brocha finally joined the Spurs ranks when he was just six years old.
After two years at the North London club, the Slough-born forward was signed by Chelsea to play in their academy and the rest is history.
Brocha signed his first professional contract at Stamford Bridge in February 2020, has made an impact at Vitesse and Southampton on loan and is now currently fighting for a place in the Chelsea first team.
The young forward, who recently signed a new six-year contract with the Blues, has been linked with moves elsewhere after impressing under Ralf Hassenhoutl last season at St Mary’s, but looks set to have a solid future at Stamford Bridge.
Fans will be hoping to see more of the academy product in the coming months. In fact, some called for Broja to play every week after the following comments about Spurs’ initial approach as a youngster.
“I was at Burnham Juniors, the club I was first at, and I remember going to a tournament,” he told Players Tribune Football in a recent interview.
“The Tottenham scout actually came to watch another boy. I happened to play well that tournament, I got top scorer and best player.
“They approached my mum and dad before I even knew about it, so when I got back mum and dad told me. “Tottenham came to us.” I was just thinking, ‘Who are Tottenham?’
“Because I was quite young, I only knew my team in the Sunday league [and Chelsea].”
Brocha recently opened up on rumors linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge and from the sounds of it, the Albanian international is aiming to make an impact on his boyhood club.
“You see the speculation but my full focus has always been to be here and focus on Chelsea,” the 21-year-old told Chelsea’s official website earlier this month.
“This is one of the best clubs in the world and there is no better feeling to play for the club of my childhood, the club I have supported all my life.
“Wherever you go in football, there’s competition and that’s just normal. For me, it’s just about being focused, keeping my head down and working hard. Hopefully this will lead to a lot more opportunities, but I’m grateful for the ones I had so far.”
He added: “Chelsea believed in me since I was a young player. I was always taught to be resilient and hard working and to always focus on football.
“Chelsea has taught me a lot, how to be a person and a good person, so I just want to repay their faith in me with my performances on the pitch, scoring goals and winning games.”