Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall first words as Chelsea player as club announce fifth summer transfer

Chelsea midfielder Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall poses
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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has spoken for the first time since Chelsea confirmed his £30million move from Leicester City.

The 25-year-old has joined the Blues on a five-year contract, which includes an option of a further 12 months, after Chelsea agreed a deal with the Foxes at the weekend. Dewsbury-Hall will now be reunited with Enzo Maresca, who coached the midfielder during Leicester's Championship-winning 2023/24 season.

Now, after signing a long-term deal at Stamford Bridge, Dewsbury-Hall has spoken for the first time since the transfer was completed. He said: "It is amazing to be sitting here as a Chelsea player.

"This is a club people grow up watching and hoping to one day play for, so it is a privilege to be here. I'm really excited to get going and can't wait to show everybody what I can do."

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Dewsbury-Hall arrives at Stamford Bridge with almost 200 senior appearances under his belt having come through the academy system at Leicester. Eighty of those came in the Premier League for the Foxes and he starred in their triumphant 2023/24 season, where he scored 12 goals and provided 14 assists in the Championship.

The midfielder sent a heartfelt message to Leicester fans prior to the announcement, thanking them as well as his former teammates and coaches he has worked with at the King Power Stadium.

In an Instagram post - which was later deleted and re-uploaded - Dewsbury-Hall said: "Hi LCFC Fans. Well what can I say? What a journey it's been. 17 years of my life devoted to this club and it's been a pleasure. I've loved every minute of my time at this football club and created some memories & friendships I'll never forget.

"When we were relegated in the 22/23 season, I felt personally responsible for my part played in that. I made it my goal to ensure we got back to the Premier League within the first season, as I know how devastating a position that can be for a club if it doesn’t happen.

"I'm very proud of what we achieved together last season - creating memories of a lifetime for us all. But bigger than that, hopefully going some way to righting the wrongs of that relegation season.

"The overwhelming amount of messages I’ve received in the past few days has honestly touched me and I thank each and every person for taking the time to do so, it means so much to me and my family. I want to thank all of the team mates I’ve played with, the coaches that l’ve worked with and fans that l’ve grown with.

"I’m glad I’m leaving the club with them in the Premier League, where they belong, and wish Leicester City all the best in the upcoming season and further on. I’m one of your own, Leicester. But it’s time for me to go now…Thanks for the ride. KDH."

The English midfielder becomes Chelsea's fifth signing of the summer transfer window thus far. Dewsbury-Hall follows Marc Guiu, Omari Kellyman, Estevao Willian and Tosin Adarabioyo through the door at Stamford Bridge.