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Chelsea academy product Ola Aina has ended his 12-year stay at Chelsea as he has now sealed a permanent move to Serie A side Torino.
The 22-year-old left-back couldn’t find opportunity in the Chelsea first team and has now been signed by the Bull after impressing while on loan during the 2018-19 season. Aina was signed permanently by Torino for a fee of €10 million after spending one year on loan at the club.
Aina made 30 league appearances for Walter Mazzarri’s men and helped his side keep 12 clean sheets, scoring once as his side finished the season in seventh spot with 63 points.
The Nigeria international joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of 10 has now sent a farewell message to the club after his exit.
“The start of a new chapter. Words cannot express how I feel, joining the club as a 10-year-old it was the best thing that happened to me, combined with playing football for the team which I support, it was just amazing,” Aina posted on Instagram.
“Now I’m 22, I look back on all the great times I’ve had from training, going on tours every year and spending time with some amazing players I looked up to most of my life.
“I’ve also had the pleasure of playing and training with some great players in the first team, but most importantly the players that I can call bros from the academy over the years. My best highlights will always be the memories of growing up and becoming a man whilst also improving my craft with these players.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the coaches, medical staff and more, that I’ve had throughout my years at Chelsea. I am very grateful for constantly helping me out and taking an interest in me.
“I would like to thank my first coach Joe Edwards for everything he’s helped me with over the years also; Micky Beale, Ciril (got me using my left foot), Adi Vivash (our father figure) Andy Myers, Jody Morris Dermot Drummy and Antonio Conte (for all my appearances for Chelsea)
“Lastly, a big thank you to Eddie Newton and the loan staff. 12 years have gone so quick and I’m forever grateful to Chelsea FC – (my boyhood club) this place will forever be in my heart.
“Until next time I wish this club all the success in the future, love you guys at Chelsea.”