Former Barca defender Mbuyamba sends touching message to Chelsea fans after signing for the club

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Chelsea confirmed the signing of 18-year-old centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba from the Barcelona academy on Thursday, and the young defender has admitted that he’s proud to have joined the Blues.

The 18-year-old defender signed a professional contract at Cobham earlier this week and will join our development squad ahead of preparations for the new campaign.

The young centre-back departed Barcelona this summer after cancelling his contract at the Nou Camp.

Mbuyamba has now revealed his pleasure at being a Chelsea player.

Mbuyamba wrote on Twitter: “Very happy to announce that I’m a blue now. Ready to work hard and make the club proud!”

Mbuyamba, who has been dubbed the next Virgil van Dijk, is a tall right-footed central defender and can play with the ball at his feet and is equally as strong in the air.

Mbuyamba is indeed a top signing for the near future.

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