Premier League club West Ham have completed the signing of Pierre Ekwah Elimby from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee.
The 19 year old midfielder signed a three year contract with West Ham.
“I feel really good signing for West Ham,” Ekwah told West Ham TV.
“I’m really happy in myself. I want to thank the Club for the opportunity they have given me. It’s a big achievement for me.
“I really think that West Ham is a Club where everyone is working all together. The U23s and the first team work really closely to each other, and I think that young players here have got a good chance of breaking into the first team, as they have done in the past.
“Loads of young players have reached the first team: Declan Rice has been captain, and he’s so young and playing so well. Mark Noble is an unbelievable player who’s been there and done the same. I just want to do similarly to them.
“When West Ham gave me the opportunity to come in for two weeks, I took it, saw how the Club worked, and I just enjoyed it. They gave me the opportunity to sign and I said ‘Yeah, I’m taking this shirt away!'”
“I like creative players, and players who break things up as well. I’m a ball player as well, so that’s the position I really enjoy playing in,” he added.
“I would say, because I’m French, Zinedine Zidane [was my idol]! He was my guy. [I also like] Kaka, Andrea Pirlo, Claude Makelele…
“I wasn’t looking at just one player, I was literally looking at every single team who had that midfielder who was the break-up player or the playmaker, I was just looking at them and taking in everything I could. I still do it when I watch football.
“I’m really looking forward to getting started here. It’s a big thing.”