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Chelsea complete signing of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester

Chelsea complete signing of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester

Chelsea have completed the signing of Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall from Leicester City.

The Athletic It was reported on Sunday that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Leicester for the 25-year-old midfielder for a reported fee of £30 million ($38 million). He has now signed a six-year contract to keep him at the club until 2030.

Dewsbury-Hall is considered an ideal fit for the style of football Chelsea want to play under new manager Enzo Maresca, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Stamford Bridge earlier this summer.

“Well, what can I say?” Dewsbury-Hall said as he left Leicester. “What a journey it has been. 17 years of my life devoted to this club and it has been a pleasure. I have loved every minute of my time at this football club and have created some memories and friendships that I will never forget.

“I’m very proud of what we achieved together last season – creating lifelong memories for us all. But more than that, I hope we can right the wrongs of that relegation season.

The overwhelming amount of messages I have received over the last few days has really touched me and I thank each and every person for taking the time to do this, it means a lot to me and my family.”


Dewsbury-Hall was named in the Championship team of the year last season (Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Dewsbury-Hall started 41 of Leicester’s 46 league games under Maresca last season, scoring 12 goals and providing 14 assists as they returned to the top flight at the first attempt as Championship winners.

In a separate transaction, The Athletic Leicester City have reported that they are close to completing a deal to sign 19-year-old Chelsea midfielder Michael Golding.

Dewsbury-Hall joined Leicester as an eight-year-old in 2006 and progressed through the youth ranks before making his first-team debut in 2020. His contract with Leicester was due to run until 2027.

Brighton held talks over the signing of Dewsbury-Hall in January but the deal never progressed.

Chelsea have already completed the signings of Omari Kellyman from Aston Villa and Tosin Adarabioyo on free transfers from Fulham this summer, while Ian Maatsen, Hakim Ziyech and Thiago Silva have all departed.

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Dewsbury Hall’s displays under Maresca for Leicester in last season’s Championship saw him named the club’s player of the year and the players’ player of the year (and The Athletic Champion player of the season).

It’s no surprise that Maresca is on board with this pursuit, but Chelsea haven’t decided to simply go along with it to keep the Italian happy. Dewsbury-Hall fits into the system that Maresca likes to use and provides something different to what they have in the squad because he’s a left-footed midfielder.

In Maresca’s plan, tall central midfielders play key roles. With the defensive midfielder and inside-back anchoring the front three of a defence, it is up to the central midfielders to play between the lines and link up the attack with the wide players and the lone striker. Under Maresca, Chelsea will attack with five and defend with five.

At Leicester, Dewsbury-Hall was encouraged to get into the box, contributing goals and assists, while Wilfred Ndidi offered a bit more defensive security if the attack failed and the opposition counterattacked. It paid off. Dewsbury-Hall scored or assisted 29 per cent of Leicester’s 89 goals, securing automatic promotion to the Premier League. He scored 12 times, a target that was part of a bet with Maresca. His prize? A dinner paid for by the Italian.

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