Record-signing Enzo Fernandez excited to join Chelsea

Enzo Fernandez has expressed his delight after he completed a deadline day move to Chelsea from Benfica.

The Blues had been linked in the Argentina international throughout the transfer window, but their initial attempts to com­plete the transfer were unsuccess­ful as Benfica attempted to keep hold of the midfielder.

However, Chelsea reignited their interest late in the January window, and following drawn-out negotiations, they managed to agree a transfer on deadline day.

A deal sheet was required to complete the €121m (£106.3m) transfer, which is a British trans­fer record and is expected to be paid in instalments.

After leaving Benfica with four goals and seven assists to his name in 29 appearances, Fernan­dez has signed an eight-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea.

Upon his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Fernandez has claimed that he is “grateful” to the Chelsea owners for their work in getting the deal done.

Fernandez told the Chelsea official website/a>: “I am grateful to Chelsea and its ownership for doing everything they could to make me a part of this project.”

“I’m happy and excited to join the Pride of London, to play in the best league in the world and to compete for the biggest trophies. I can’t wait to play in front of our fans and help my teammates on and off the pitch.”

The 22-year-old enjoyed a successful 2022 World Cup with eventual winners Argentina, fea­turing in all seven games in Qatar and contributing with one goal and one assist.

As a result of his impressive performances, Fernandez received the Best Young Player of the tour­nament award.

Chelsea Chairman Todd Boe­hly and co-owner Behdad Eghba­li reportedly played a leading role in negotiations, and the pair have expressed their excitement about the signing.

“In Enzo, we are signing a World Cup winner and one of the brightest talents in global football,” Boehly and Eghbali said.

“We are excited to add him to Graham’s squad and we are sure he will form an important part of our team going forward.

“Enzo has demonstrated his ability at the very highest levels so we’re looking forward to seeing what he will do in Chelsea blue!”

Fernandez may have to wait to make his debut ahead of their clash with Fulham at home this evening since his international clearance is yet to go through.. —Reuters

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