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Even the most optimistic did not think it would happen so quickly: Ben Sahar, who until yesterday belonged to Chelsea's youth team, but had played several games with the team's cadet squad, has officially moved up to the main club.

He even had the opporunity to train at the team's Stamford Bridge stadium yesterday.

Sahar obviously will not be in the starting lineup in his team's Premier League match against Newcastle tonight, but at just 17 and 4 months old, Sahar has become a full-fledged member of Chelsea.

Sahar trained for the first time yesterday under coach Jose Mourinho and with the team's starting lineup in what he described as an emotional experience.

"It was quite emotional to step on the pitch at Stamford Bridge, and it was emotional to be in the team's dressing room. But a lot of work is expected of me," Sahar said, adding that team owner Roman Abramovich spoke to him briefly.

English journalists believe that given Chelsea's upcoming brutal schedule - eight games in the next 24 days - there is a chance that Sahar will see action in a third-round FA Cup match against fourth division squad Macclesfield Town on January 6, and might even break into the lineup before then.