Highly-rated goalkeeper keen on leaving Chelsea in search of first-team football

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Chelsea U23s shot-stopper Nicolas Tie is keen on a loan switch to France this summer transfer window in order to play senior football next campaign.

The youngster joined the Chelsea academy back in 2017 and has a contract until the summer of 2021 with the west London side.

Still just 18, the Ivorian star is far away from being in the plans of manager Frank Lampard and he’s keen to get a taste of senior football next campaign.

According to a French outlet Foot Mercato, Nicolas has been batting for a loan transfer to France this summer in order to feature in first-team football.

His agents have stated their request to the Blues and the club’s academy managers also feel the young shot-stopper needs a loan move this summer.

A transfer to the second tier of French football has been mooted and there’re suggestions that several Ligue 2 sides could look to sign him.

Tie is presently training with the club’s Under-23s and set to feature in a pre-season friendly versus French side Rennes tonight. He featured in the U18 EPL last season for Chelsea.

Meantime, Frank Lampard has suffered his first setback as Blues manager courtesy of a 1-0 defeat to the Japanese outfit Kawasaki Frontale in Friday’s pre-campaign friendly in Japan.

The club had the better of the contest at the Yokohama Stadium, but a late strike from Leandro Damiao earned the J-League giants a famous victory in front of a crowd of 61,012.