Chelsea have signed midfielder, Carney Chukwuemeka from Aston Villa for £20 million on a six-year contract.
Chukwuemeka began his career as part of Northampton Town’s youth academy before switching to Aston Villa in 2016, where he since graduated through their youth system and made his senior debut in May 2021 as a substitute in 2-1 Premier League wins over Tottenham and Chelsea.
Last season saw the youngster notch up 12 Premier League appearances plus two appearances in the Carabao Cup, without scoring in any of his 14 overall appearances.
Chukwuemeka however refused to sign a new contract with Villa this summer which led Chelsea to swoop for the 18 year-old, paying Villa an initial £15m transfer fee plus £5m in further add-ons with Chukwuemeka signing a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge until June 2028.
Speaking about his move to West London, 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 owner, Todd Boehly added: “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.”
Chelsea co-controlling owners, Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano added that Chukwuemeka will form part of their ambition in “building for both the now and the future” with the 18 year-old midfielder fitting both sides of their overall aim.
Eghbali and E. Feliciano added that Chelsea have a proud record of nurturing young talent as seen by the recent progression of players like Mason Mount and Trevoh Chalobah into the first-team squad in recent seasons and are determined to continue that development.
Chukwuemeka could make his first-team debut for Chelsea away at Everton in their Premier League opener on Saturday 6 August, live on Sky Sports.