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Frank Lampard is hopeful of signing Exeter City whizkid Ben Chrisene in January after inviting the player to train at Cobham.

Chrisene became the youngest player in Exeter’s history this month as he featured in the side’s Carabao Cup loss to Coventry City aged just 15, seven months and one day.

And according to The Sun, Lampard has invited the midfielder to train with Chelsea.

The player has already trained with Liverpool and Southampton, who are interested in his signature.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also monitoring the teenager, with German clubs becoming increasingly aware of young English talent.

Chrisene broke the Exeter record of a current Chelsea midfielder, Ethan Ampadu, who graduated from The Grecians’ youth academy.

Exeter manager Matt Taylor has high hopes for his new prospect, saying: “He’s going to play at the top level, it’s as simple as that.

“What that top level is for Ben, he’s 15 years old, I can’t tell you that yet. But I think he’ll play at a top, top standard of football.

“The opportunities we give to our academy players are second to none in terms of the country, and possibly worldwide as a football club.

“We’ve got to be respectful that he’s going into his last year of school so the exams are a big part of that and then his training schedule with us will be limited.

“So it’s something you don’t expect as a manager, but it’s something at Exeter City that we take in our stride.

“The good thing is we’ve had the experience with Ethan so we know how it’s worked and we know there’ll be times where he’s got to concentrate on his exams and being a young man growing up.”

Chelsea were dealt a two-window transfer ban by FIFA in February for breaches in the transfers of 29 minor players.

The club have appealed the sanction to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and hope they will be able to sign players once more by the January transfer window.

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