Written By Jacobs Dunga
The French defender joins the Blues after two seasons at the King Power Stadium.
Chelsea have officially confirmed the capture of Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana for an undisclosed fee.
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The 21 year old joins the West London club after a protracted negotiation period that saw several bids rejected.
“Wesley Fofana is a Chelsea player after today completing a move from Leicester City and signing a seven-year contract with the Blues.” Announced the club.
Fofana has signed for the next seven years with the fee believed to be worth up to £75m.
The former Saint Etienne youngster has been one of the most highly rated young defenders in Europe and has now completed his dream move to Stamford Bridge.
On completing his signing, Fofana said: ‘The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. I trained this morning with the team and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to start playing games for the fans and the club.
‘I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.’
Fofana won Leicester’s young player of the season in his first season in England before injury deterred his progress at the start of last season. He however bounced back in style to help Leicester finish last season strongly.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly has expressed his relief at finally bringing their long term target to the club.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: ‘Wesley is a hugely promising defender who has already proven his quality in the Premier League at a young age. We are delighted we were able to bring one of Europe’s most exciting talents to Chelsea and further strengthen that area of our squad, both for this season and many more to come.’
The talks for Fofana wasn’t an easy one for the Chelsea chairman who saw a host of initial bids turned back by the Foxes who insisted the player wasn’t for sale.
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-controlling owners, said: ‘We continue to build for success and a bright long-term future for Chelsea, and Wesley fits our vision perfectly. He is a player who can make an impact on the squad immediately, while at his age he will only improve further going forward. We are excited to see what he can achieve at Chelsea.’
Fofana already trained with his new teammates and could be available for the game against Southampton.
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