HARVEY VALE crept into Thomas Tuchel’s thoughts during the club’s Carabao Cup run.
But, if he had his own way, instead of having ‘Vale’ on the back, he would prefer ‘Ronaldo’.
The boy begged his mother to change his name to copy Legend of Man Utd when he was a kid.
However, Vale made his name famous with the Blues academy team – the star of U18 and U23.
Like many boys his age, attacking midfielder Harvey looks forward to Cristiano Ronaldo.
He was so obsessed with the Portuguese superstar that he asked his mother if he could change his name to the former Real Madrid striker.
“In football, [my idol] definitely Cristiano Ronaldo,” he said Chelsea website.
“When I was a kid, I begged my mom to let me change my name to Ronaldo, but looking back I’m so glad she didn’t let me!”
In terms of stature, Vale has the same height and physique as his hero.
He joined Chelsea from Fulham – where he once played a match in goal – at the age of 13, and has been promoted through the youth levels.
This season, he has been a revelation for the Under-23s – with Tuchel keeping a close eye on talent.
Because of his outstanding form and growth this term, his coaches have been enamored with him.
It leads to German tactician including young players in first team training sessions.
His impeccable technique earned praise from top coach Tom Joyce, who worked with Vale in 2021.
Joyce revealed: “He is a natural baller and makes it look easy.
“He’s dedicated and a really hard worker.
“When I teach him something new, or ask him to do an exercise, he won’t stop until he gets it right. He’s very determined, and I like that in an athlete. He has great accuracy and an unbelievable shot.
“He’s a hard worker, so he just needs to be consistent, get the job done behind the scenes and gain every advantage he can.
“I believe Harvey will soon follow in Tino’s footsteps in making regular appearances in the Premier League, as he (Livramento) has shown he has the ability to make the transition from the Under-23s. It’s special.”
Vale has 18 months left on his contract, and Chelsea hope his future can be worked out.
According to reports, the reason why a deal has stalled is because of the ongoing Covid crisis that rocked the football world.
However, negotiations have been going on for a while, with neither side rushing to finalize procedures and card solutions.
However, the West London team will have to be vigilant after two promising young players Marc Guehi and Tino Livramento leave the Bridge.
They certainly wouldn’t want to lose Vale, another gem from established a famous academy.
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