Marc Cucurella’s first words after completing £62.5m Chelsea transfer from Brighton
Marc Cucurella has happy to have joined ‘one of the best clubs in the world’ after completing his £62 million deal from Brighton. The Blues are believed to have paid £55 million with another £7 Cuellale signed-ons.
curella has signed a six-year deal and is set to provide competition to Ben Chilwell, while Thomas Tuchel has outlined the strength the Spaniard’s versatility will offer. The 24-year-old played on the left flank and on the left as a back three for Brighton, where he won the player of the season award in his solitary term on the south coast.
The Seagulls were reluctant to see the defender leave but cited the player’s ambition to play in the Champions League and intention to accelerate his progress into Spain’s World Cup squad., in facilitating the move. Cucucrella has admitted the transfer is a big opportunity. After singing, he said:
“I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team”
Chelsea’s owners have been enthusiastic about sealing the deal for Cucurella, with the prospect for the former Getafe star to impact the squad now and in the future being stressed. Blues chairman and interim sporting director Todd Boehly said:
“Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality and he further strengthens our squad going into the new season. We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will be a part of the present and future at Chelsea.”
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co- controlling owners as part of Clearlake Capital, added:
“We’re very excited to bring Marc to Chelsea and he is another key part of our squad building as we enter the new season. We’re all looking forward to getting started on the pitch now, and Marc only adds to that feeling. We welcome him to the club!”