Pierre Ekwah Elimby: West Ham’s new signing wants to emulate Declan Rice after leaving Chelsea

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<p>Pierre Ekwah has signed an initial three-year deal at West Ham</p> (Arfa / Griffiths Photographers)

Pierre Ekwah has signed an initial three-year deal at West Ham

(Arfa / Griffiths Photographers)

West Ham have completed the signing of youth midfielder Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea after a trial period.

The 19-year-old defensive midfielder, who had been with Chelsea since 2018, played twice for the Hammers’ Under-23s against Arsenal, scoring once, before agreeing a three-year-deal.

Ekwah will begin his time at the club in the academy and wants to eventually emulate the achievements of the likes of Declan Rice and Mark Noble.

“I feel really good signing for West Ham,” Ekwah said. “I’m really happy in myself. I want to thank the club for the opportunity they have given me. It’s a big achievement for me.

“I really think that West Ham is a club where everyone is working all together. The U23s and the first team work really closely to each other, and I think that young players here have got a good chance of breaking into the first team, as they have done in the past.

“Loads of young players have reached the first team: Declan Rice has been captain, and he’s so young and playing so well. Mark Noble is an unbelievable player who’s been there and done the same. I just want to do similarly to them.

“When West Ham gave me the opportunity to come in for two weeks, I took it, saw how the club worked, and I just enjoyed it. They gave me the opportunity to sign and I said ‘yeah, I’m taking this shirt away!'"

Ekwah is West Ham’s second youth signing of the summer after the addition of striker Thierry Nevers from Reading.

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