New Chelsea defender Wesley Fofana attacked his former team Leicester after an ugly transfer to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Fofana and Chelsea, who will reportedly pay up to £70 million for the French center-back, have agreed to a seven-year contract.
When Chelsea’s interest became known, the 21-year-old was left out of the Leicester team by manager Brendan Rodgers, igniting an acrimonious transfer dispute that lasted for several weeks.
Leicester have fallen to the bottom of the Premier League in part because to Fofana’s absence, prompting Rodgers to make some harsh remarks about uneasy players destabilizing his team.
After his sensational transfer to west London was eventually accomplished, though, Fofana retaliated.
“Thank you to you, Foxes fans, for your kindness and your constant support, even in the moments you were led to believe I didn’t respect the club. I will never forget how we vibrated, exulted or cried together. I will never forget you,” Fofana wrote on Instagram.
“I chose not to communicate during this transfer window despite all the criticism and all the often false and misleading comments, even when they were coming from the club.
“I understood, and I learned. I didn’t want to damage the image of the institution and I chose to take it rather than answer.
“I thank Top (Srivaddhanaprabha, chairman) for his understanding, thanks to the managers, to the coach who has always appreciated me, even if he chose to expose me a lot lately. I got it, coach.
“There were ups and downs, but I never cheated, you can be sure of that. Thank you to all the people who work here every day. You are the soul of this club!”
Following the close-season losses of center-backs Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid and Barcelona, Fofana will be a crucial addition for Chelsea.
Following his transfer from Saint-Etienne to Leicester in October 2020 for a record £32 million, he made 52 appearances for the club, helping them win the FA Cup in 2021 when they defeated Chelsea.
He debuted for Saint-Etienne at the age of 18, and today is one of the most highly regarded young defenders in Europe.
“Wesley is a hugely promising defender who has already proven his quality in the Premier League at a young age,” said Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly.
“We are delighted we were able to bring one of Europe’s most exciting talents to Chelsea and further strengthen that area of our squad, both for this season and many more to come.”
Chelsea’s manager Thomas Tuchel has already brought in left-back Marc Cucurella from Brighton and center back Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli, but the Blues have struggled defensively in the early going.
Tuesday 2-1 loss at Southampton highlighted Chelsea’s issues and suggested that their expenditure might not be done yet.
The team of Tuchel has also signed Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling from England, and they are still rumored to be interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona.