For the newspaper L’Equipe this Friday, the central defender Wesley Fofana said he was proud to join his new team, Chelsea, but also talked about his ambitions with the French team in the short term. With a participation in the World Cup in Qatar as a first objective.
For Wesley Fofana, the last few weeks have been long and certainly difficult on a moral level, but the French talent finally got his way and could join Chelsea for 82.5 million euros in the final sprint of the mercato. An XXL transfer for a central defender already endowed with a great reputation across the Channel, thanks to his performances with Leicester since the summer of 2020. And precisely, the one who fought to join the Blues, intends to pass a new milestone with the London club.
Chelsea, an obvious choice for Fofana
The former Stephanois, fully recovered from a serious fibula injury, has no regrets about having demanded his departure from the Foxes. “It was long, hard, it’s true (he laughs). For at least five weeks, I think. There were moments of doubt. I was asking myself a thousand questions, at first: “Am I doing the right thing?”, “Is it too soon?” But soon enough, I told myself that I was going to realize one of my dreams: to play in one of the biggest clubs in the world,” explained the 21-year-old fullback in the columns of the newspaper L’Equipe this Friday. “I chose with my family and my agents to go 100%. I had just broken my tibia, fibula, ankle, it was impossible! It was very hard mentally to accept this injury, to be away from the field for so long. When you come back from an injury like this and you have the opportunity to sign for such a big club, it’s just incredible,” added Fofana.
Objective World Cup
Very ambitious with Chelsea, the Marseilles native also projects himself on the national team. And inevitably, the new Blue aspires to become an important element for his country in the short term. “The French team, it is necessarily in a corner of the head of all French players. First of all, you have to be good on the field, every game, every weekend, no matter where. But I also know that at Chelsea, I have a little more chance on my side,” explained Fofana. With why not the objective of catching the wagon for the World Cup in Qatar in two months. “Of course! I want to represent my country. I’m not obsessed with that, I’ve come so far, from seven months of rehabilitation. I know that it will be complicated, that there are many great players in my position, but I will fight with my weapons to try to convince the coach”, finished the player trained at ASSE. If he negotiates well his debut at Stamford Bridge, the former Espoirs player will certainly find the arguments to convince Deschamps to bring him to the senior team in the coming months.