Chelsea boss hails new signing Carney Chukwuemeka as ‘one of the most exciting talents in Europe’

Chelsea have completed their capture of Aston Villa midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka after splashing £20million on the teenager.

The 18-year-old was part of the England team which claimed the under-19 European Championship crown earlier this summer. 

Chukwuemeka moves to Stamford Bridge having turned down a contract extension with Aston Villa.

Villans boss Steven Gerrard didn't include the player in the pre-season tour of Australia, leaving him to train with the under 23s. The former Rangers boss is understood to have set the £20million price tag.

The teenager, who is set to turn 19 in October, made his senior debut in May 2021 and made 14 appearances last season. He also started in two Premier League games.

He said of his switch to Stamford Bridge: "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."

Chairman Todd Boehly added on the club's official website: "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."

A brief Villa statement read: "Aston Villa can confirm Carney Chukwuemeka has completed his transfer to Chelsea.

"Everyone at the club would like to wish Carney all the very best for the future."

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