Center-back Marc Guehi said he was “really excited to get started” after completing his transfer to Crystal Palace from Chelsea.
The Ivory Coast-born defender, who spent last season on loan at the Swansea City championship team, has joined the Eagles on a five-year contract after agreeing on a fee, estimated to be at least 18 million pounds, with the Blues on Thursday.
Having played for Swansea so often last season, Guehi was expected to work his way into Thomas Tuchel’s plans at Stamford Bridge this season, but Palace made an offer Chelsea and Guehi thought too good to refuse.
football.london understands that Guehi received the offer of a new contract at Chelsea earlier this year, but he was unwilling to sign it as he felt he would be sent on loan again, something he wished to lose used to Do.
Now, following news of his move to Palace, the 21-year-old has spoken of his desire and determination to stay stuck at Selhurst Park and shape his career at Premier League level.
The defender told Palace club website: “I’m very excited. It’s a great opportunity for me to come to such a great club in the Premier League. I’m really excited to start.
“I think that was the direction the club was going, a really exciting direction with the new blunder that has arrived. A lot of good young players are here and obviously such a stable club with the best players really attracted me and m made you want to come here.
“[Patrick Vieira] speaks for itself. The player he was, the way he behaves and even recently as a manager, he has a very good track record. When he was in Nice he did a really good job there and I’m really excited to work with him. “
Despite being born in Ivory Coast, Guehi moved to London at the age of one, which means he knows all about playing for one of the best Premier League clubs in the capital.
“[I was] born in Ivory Coast, born in Abidjan, arrived here at the age of one and lived in England all my life, “he continued.” I grew up mainly in Lewisham, so I know the region. I obviously got closer to where I was in Chelsea, but I’m a boy from London and I know exactly what it’s like to be a boy from London.
“When you come from South London it’s really exciting. You know what it’s about, what the fans are talking about and you have that real connection.
“[Selhurst Park] is one of the Premier League stadiums that has the best fans, still out there. A fantastic atmosphere, so I hope to experience it one day. “
Guehi became the third signing for Palace’s first team of the summer, following the arrivals of Remi Matthews and Michael Olise at Selhurst Park.
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