Benoit Badiashile has completed a permanent transfer to Chelsea from AS Monaco, signing a seven-and-a-half-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
The central defender, who has signed for a reported fee of around £35million, has been a regular in Ligue 1 for the past five seasons and recently made his senior debut for France.
Badiashile already boasts significant experience in the French top flight and in Europe, despite the fact he will only turn 22 in Match.
The 6ft 4in colossus has featured in the Champions League and Europa League for Monaco, amassing almost 150 appearances in all competitions to date.
Badiashile has everything you would want in a modern-day centre-back, being powerful in the air, good on the ball and has pace to burn. He is also capable of playing in a back four or adapting to a three.
He earned a regular place as Monaco’s left-sided centre-back while still a teenager. He was actually handed his senior France debut by Didier Deschamps back in September aged just 21. However, he was not included in their World Cup squad.
Badiashile excited to jump on board
Speaking about the switch to west London, Badiashile said: “I’m very happy to be here at Chelsea. I’m so excited to start playing for this club. I can’t wait to see the fans and start playing in the best league in the world.”
Chelsea Chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali added: “We’re delighted to welcome Benoit to Chelsea. He’s an excellent young player who has quickly established a strong reputation for himself and has a huge amount of experience for his young age.
“We are sure he will form an important part of our team in the years ahead.”
The Blues are back in action on Thursday night when they host Manchester City in the Premier League.
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