Wesley Fofana has been signed by Chelsea Football Club from Premier League team Leicester City.
On Wednesday, August 31st, 2022, Chelsea’s official website officially announced the transfer news. Fofana reportedly signed a seven-year contract at Stamford Bridge that will keep him with the team through the summer of 2029.
Fofana acknowledged his happiness upon joining Chelsea and stated his desire to win championships with the London club.
The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. I trained this morning with the team and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to start playing games for the fans and the club. I’m here to win trophies, the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.
For the previous few weeks, Fofana has expressed a desire to come up with the two-time UEFA Champions League champion, but the transfer cost demanded by Leicester City has stalled the process. The foxes rejected Chelsea’s first three offers until the two teams came to a £75 million agreement ( including add-ons).
The vacuum created by Antonio Rudiger, Andreas Christensen, and Emerson Palmieri has been filled by Chelsea’s acquisitions of Fofana, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Marc Cucurella. To join Real Madrid, Barcelona, and West Ham United, respectively, the trio left the Stamford Bridge club.
Here’s what you need to know about Fofana and his transfer to Chelsea.
What position does Fofana play?
Wesley Fofana is a centre-back, featuring both in a back four and a back three, either on the left or right side, during his two years with Leicester City.
What squad number does Fofana wear?
Wesley Fofana’s shirt number for Chelsea will be announced shortly. He wore the No3 shirt for Leicester and while representing France at Under-21s level, having previously taken 32 during his time with Saint-Etienne.
How many Premier League appearances has Fofana made?
In his two full Premier League seasons with Leicester in 2021/22 and 2021/22, as well as the opening stages of the current campaign, Wesley Fofana made 37 appearances in the competition, all but one of which came from the start. That is despite not playing a competitive match for over 10 months after suffering a broken leg at the start of last season.
How many goals has Fofana scored?
As a defender, Wesley Fofana is not known for his goalscoring, although he has found the back of the net on three occasions during his short senior career. One of those came during his time in England, heading in the decisive goal of Leicester’s Europa Conference League last-16 victory over Rennes, on his first game back from a 10-month injury absence. He also scored twice for Saint-Etienne, both in wins, against Nice in Ligue 1 and Bastia-Borgo in the Coupe de France.
How old is Fofana?
Wesley Fofana was born on 17 December 2000, meaning he is currently 21 years old.
How tall is Fofana?
Wesley Fofana is 6ft 3in – or 1.90m – tall.
Where is Fofana from?
Wesley Fofana was born in the French city of Marseille on the country’s south coast.
How many international caps does Fofana have?
Wesley Fofana has represented France Under-21s five times, having previously played for the country at Under-17 level. He is still eligible to represent the Ivory Coast, through his father, as well as France in international football.
Which trophies has Fofana won?
Wesley Fofana lifted his first trophy in senior football at Wembley in 2021, when he was part of the Leicester team which frustrated Chelsea to win that season’s FA Cup final 1-0. He also reached 2020 Coupe de France final with Saint-Etienne, but finished as a runner-up after losing 1-0 to Paris Saint-Germain at the Stade de France.
What awards has Fofana received?
Following his impressive debut campaign in English football, culminating in that FA Cup final victory, Wesley Fofana was named as Leicester City’s 2020/21 Young Player of the Year.