Paris Saint-Germain's teenage-talent incubator appears to have churned out another young attacking talent, with forward Odsonne Edouard putting pen to paper on his first professional contract Thursday.
The 18-year-old Paris-born striker was an instrumental part of the club's UEFA Youth League finals defeat to Chelsea, scoring three goals during the run. This came on the heels of being named player of the tournament for last summer's European Under-17 Championship.
France won the annual tournament for the first time since 2004, and the continent took notice of PSG's next attacking threat.
Following the likes of Hervin Ongenda and Jean-Kevin Augustin, Edouard is the latest capital-born academy striker to sign a first-team contract. Both Ongenda and Augustin made their senior team debuts this season, and Edouard is hoping he's next.
"It's a great honour to become a professional at this very ambitious club. I've had a great year with my team and now I've capped it off with my first professional contract," Edouard told the club's official website.
"It means a lot for me, a Parisian, to sign with Paris Saint-Germain. It's a dream come true, but still it's just the beginning."
Edouard, who joined PSG's academy in 2011, has also caught the attention of club chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who said, "He is on his way to becoming a great striker and I'm sure his talent will delight our fans and will represent the club's values perfectly"