By Andreas Vou
PARALIMNI youngster Panayiotis Artymatas has undergone his trial at Chelsea Football Club after impressing scouts of the London club with his performances with the Cypriot club.
As reported last month, the talented young Cypriot was invited for a five-day trial at Chelsea’s Cobham Training Centre which he duly accepted and carried out.
Artymatas is just 15-years old but has already made three appearances for Paralimni’s first team as well as representing the Cyprus under-16s on two occasions.
His primary position is in the centre of defence but he can also operate in the defensive midfield role like his older brother Kostakis who made a €300,000 move to APOEL last summer.
His trial lasted a full-five days where he carried out isolated training sessions and it is believed that he will be invited back for another round of trials within the next few months in order for the Chelsea staff to get a full understanding of his strengths and weaknesses.
The youngster believes he gave a good impression of himself in the recent trial but would appreciate it if Chelsea scouts could see him during a match in order to better judge him.
“I believe I gave the best account of myself, but in order for them to fully judge I think they have to see me in a match. If they give me the chance to prove myself in a game then I may be inducted in the team’s academy. That, of course, we will see in the future.”
Speaking of his short stint in London, Artymatas spoke of the 2012 European champions’ superb training complex. He also declared that he would love to remain in the city and make a career in the English capital.
“The facilities were excellent and everything was organised. It was exactly as I expected. As for London, it was just amazing! Of course I wanted to stay. It is a dream for every player who wants to have a professional career abroad.”
Fewer and fewer young Cypriots are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents in the local leagues despite the talented individuals that exist on the island. It is only natural, therefore, for so many starlets of the Cypriot game to want to move abroad, especially when big European clubs come knocking, and Artymatas stated that his main goal is to play overseas at an established team.
“My biggest dream is to play for a big team abroad,” he told woop.gr.
Chelsea are bankrolled by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich who has invested around €120 million in the club’s academy since he took charge in 2003 which now hosts some of the sport’s finest young prospects from across the globe.