Benoit Badiashile, a France international defender, was acquired by Chelsea on Thursday from Ligue 1 club Monaco for a transfer price that is estimated to be little less than forty million euros ($42 million). Chelsea sign Badiashile French international defender. According to a statement released by Chelsea, the central defender, who is 21 years old, signed a “deal for seven and a half years.”
Chelsea sign Badiashile French international Defender
Badiashile has been an essential member of the Monaco squad, which has contributed to the club’s third-place position in Ligue 1 for the past two years. Didier Deschamps gave him his first international cap in September of last year, despite the fact that he was cut from the team that went to the World Cup.
“At 6ft 4in, Badiashile is a dominant defender in the air but equally comfortable with the ball at his feet, capable of playing short passes out from the back or switching the play with longer diagonals,” read the Chelsea statement.
“His blistering speed is a key attribute and he has experience in both a back four and back three at club level.”
Badiashile said he could not wait to “start playing in the best league in the world.”
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly and co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali said they were delighted to have secured the signature of one of Europe’s most promising defenders.
“He’s an excellent young player who has quickly established a strong reputation for himself and has a huge amount of experience for his young age,” they said in a joint statement.
“We are sure he will form an important part of our team in the years ahead.”