Chelsea complete signing of Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa

Chelsea have sealed the deal to acquire Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa.

The London club announced today that the 18-year-old English teenager with Nigerian heritage joined them on a long-term contract.

“Carney Chukwuemeka has agreed the terms of a six-year contract at Chelsea and completed his transfer from Aston Villa,” Chelsea announced today.

“It follows the announcement earlier this week that we had reached an agreement with Villa for the 18-year-old’s permanent switch to Stamford Bridge.

“The midfield all-rounder is one of the brightest talents in the country and arrives having recently helped England to glory at the Under-19 European Championship, scoring in the final against Israel.

“He featured in every game for the young Lions and earned a place in UEFA’s Team of the Tournament following a series of eye-catching performances.”

Chukwuemeka began his youth career with Northampton Town before moving to Villa at the age of 12.

He made his senior debut in the Premier League against Tottenham in May 2021 and his new described him as having ‘ball-carrying ability and eye for an incisive pass’.

The teenager made his breakthrough to Aston Villa’s senior squad last season, making 14 appearances and becoming the youngest player to register a Premier League goal contribution for the club in December’s 2-0 win over Norwich City.

After signing off on the deal, Chukwuemeka said: “It’s been quite hectic but I couldn’t get Chelsea out of my head the last few days so I’m just happy and relieved that it’s all done.

“I’m so excited and just can’t wait to get on the pitch, meet all the players and try to win games and trophies with Chelsea.”

Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: “Carney is one of the most exciting young players in Europe so we are really looking forward to seeing him in action at Stamford Bridge. 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.”

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