Marc Guehi has today signed for fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on a permanent deal.

The defender departs having progressed through our Academy ranks to make two senior appearances for Chelsea.

He made his debut in 2019 under Frank Lampard, helping the Blues defeat Grimsby Town 7-1 at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup.

The 21-year-old retained his place for the following round against Manchester United and was an unused substitute against Valencia in the Champions League.

Guehi spent last season on loan at Swansea City in the Championship, following a successful half-term temporary stint at the Liberty Stadium the previous campaign.

He made 45 appearances during 2020/21 as the Welsh side reached the Championship play-off final, where they were edged out by Brentford 2-0 at Wembley.

Guehi was relied upon heavily by Swans boss Steve Cooper, his former international youth-team coach. Despite being born in the Ivory Coast, Guehi has been capped at youth level by England and was part of the Under-17 side that lifted the World Cup in 2018, netting in a 5-2 final victory over Spain.

The defender enjoyed plenty of success during his time in the Chelsea Academy as Jody Morris's Under-18s side completed a remarkable quadruple in 2018. The teenager netted at significant moments including in our Youth Cup victories over West Brom, Tottenham and Arsenal – the latter coming in our 7-1 aggregate win in the final.

Guehi will now move to Selhurst Park and link up with new Eagles boss Patrick Vieira. We wish Marc well for the future and thank him for his contributions at Chelsea.