'Came here for him' – Wesley Fofana joined Chelsea to play under Tuchel but boss sacked SEVEN DAYS after £70m transfer | The Sun
WESLEY FOFANA admits the recently-sacked Thomas Tuchel played a big role in his move to Chelsea.
The defender completed a whopping £70million transfer from Leicester late month after being convinced by Tuchel's project at Stamford Bridge.
But the Frenchman's stint under the former PSG boss ended up being a short one as Chelsea axed him on Wednesday.
In an interview with L'Equipe, Fofana said of his transfer: "I came here also in great part for him.
"He’s a manager I appreciate, in his management, his style of play.
"There’s already a trust relationship with him. Chelsea’s system is quite similar to Leicester’s.
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"They want to use me in a three at the back defence. I can play on the right or in the middle. I’ll adapt either way.”
Leicester were initially reluctant to sell Fofana but eventually relented, although the 21-year-old admits he had his doubts about the move going through.
He said: "But rather quickly, I told myself that I was going to realise one of my dreams: to play in one of the biggest clubs in the world.
"I chose with my family and my agents to 100% go there.
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"They managed without any stress and explained the steps to me clearly, and even the not-so-nice moments where the club was going to shout at me a bit.”
Fofana inked a lucrative seven-year contract with the west Londoners – who are on the verge of appointing Brighton boss Graham Potter as Tuchel's replacement.
He said of his deal: “I wanted to show my determination to the club.
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"We also wanted to not receive money for my image rights, and my agents managed that perfectly, because I didn’t want to be bogged down by such stories.”
Fofana and his Chelsea team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, travelling to Craven Cottage to take on their West London rivals Fulham.
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