Soccer

Chelsea starlet Simeu completes £1.5m move to Southampton

The teenage defender has moved to St Mary’s on a permanent three-year contract, and will initially join up with the club’s B team

Chelsea starlet Dynel Simeu has completed a £1.5 million move to Southampton ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Goal reported that the two clubs reached an agreement on the permanent transfer last week, and the deal has now been made official.

The 19-year-old has joined Southampton on a three-season deal, which will keep him at St Mary’s until 2024, bringing to an end his seven-year affiliation with the Blues.

What’s been said?

Simeu, who was raised in Southampton before moving to west London, expressed his delight after being officially unveiled by the Saints on Wednesday, with the talented defender now set to go straight into the club’s B team set-up.

“I feel glad, finally, that the move was made possible. I’m just excited to get started,” he told the club’s media channel.

“It’s nice to be back home, I’ve had a really friendly welcome. I feel comfortable that I’m home with my family, so I’m excited. 

“I hope to hit the ground running, get fit and comfortable with the boys and then hopefully push towards the first-team.”