In his first interview since completing a permanent transfer from Leicester City, Wesley Fofana has reflected on his meteoric rise over a whirlwind few years and revealed which one of his new team-mates he used to watch from the stands back in France…
The 21-year-old is a Chelsea player after his move to Stamford Bridge was confirmed earlier today, with his debut possibly coming this weekend when we take on West Ham in the Premier League.
After training with the group for the first time on Wednesday morning, the defender was taken for a tour of our Cobham facilities and introduced to his new colleagues before sitting down to share his thoughts exclusively with us on completing a dream move.
Wesley, welcome to Chelsea! It’s been a turbulent few weeks for you but are you able to sum up your emotions now after finally becoming a Blue?
‘The two last days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. I trained this morning with the team and it’s a dream for me. I’m very excited to start playing games for the fans and the club.
‘I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.’
Your career has been on a steep upward trajectory over the past few years and it was only just over three years ago that you made your professional debut in France with Saint-Etienne. You must reflect on that with bewilderment…
‘Yeah, it’s crazy! Last season I had a big injury and now I’m sitting here one year after.
‘It’s a dream for me because I’m very young and Chelsea is in my heart. Now I’m sitting here so I’m very happy.’
How difficult was last season with you sustaining a broken leg so early in pre-season? It must have been the first big test of your mental resilience as a professional…
‘It was difficult because I love playing football and seven months without playing is difficult, for the player and for the man.
'I worked hard on the pitch and in the gym but my life was different in those months because football is everything for me.
‘Now I’m more strong mentally and in my body so I feel good. It changed my personality but I’m better for it now.’
As a young defender, you must really be looking forward to working with the likes of Thiago Silva, Cesar Azpilicueta and Kalidou Koulibaly and learning from them in the art of defending?
'It’s crazy for me because when I was younger I watched these guys on TV in the Champions League and the Premier League.
‘I used to go to the stadium and watch Azpi in Marseille so it’s a dream for me now to play with him and with all the other guys.
‘I’ve played as them on PlayStation and now I’m training with them so it's unbelievable really.'
Finally, you’ve said before that your aim is not only to win trophies but to ultimately become the best defender in the world. How much can this move to Chelsea help you achieve that?
‘Of course it can a lot because it’s such a big club. For me, I want to be a big player, the best, and that’s normal because I play for the best.
‘I’m sure this club will help me do that because it’s one of the biggest clubs and winning trophies is in the DNA here. Now I just want to be a part of that.’