Chairman of Chelsea, Todd Boehly, has expressed his happiness after signing Austrian-born Nigerian midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka to the club this summer transfer window.
The Blues signed Chukwuemeka on a six-year contract from Aston Villa for £20 million.
The 18-year-old had been linked to Barcelona, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund before finally settling for Chelsea.
Boehly lauded the youngster in his comment published on the Chelsea-news.
Carney Chukwuemeka (r) steps out with Rabeem Sterling for Chelsea training session. Photo credit: Chelsea.com
“Carney is one of the most exciting young players in Europe so we are really looking forward to seeing him at Stamford Bridge,” Boehly said.
“We are delighted to be able to bring him to Chelsea and add such a talented young individual to our squad for the new season and beyond.”
Chukwuemeka was born in Austria to Nigerian parents and grew up in England.
He has represented England at the U-17, U-18 and U-19 levels.
He is eligible to switch allegiance and represent Nigeria at the senior international level due to his parentage if he so desires.
Chukwuemeka made 12 Premier League appearances for Aston Villa last season and recorded one assist.
Chelsea finished third in the Premier League last season with 74 points from 38 games.
By Toju Sote