Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.
After an outstanding debut season in the Premier League with the Seagulls, where he made 38 appearances across all categories and scored his solitary goal in their penultimate home game against Manchester United, the versatile defender joins the club only weeks after turning 24.
Cucurella was named Player of the Season by both Brighton fans and teammates because of how well and quickly he adapted to English football, playing in a variety of roles on the left side, including full-back, wing-back, and center-back.
His energetic play, aggressive tackling, and swarming down the wings stood out, and his two-footedness and comfort with the ball were important components of Brighton’s possession-based strategy as they achieved their best-ever top-flight position of ninth. In the Premier League last season, only three players made more tackles than he did (93).
On signing for Chelsea, Cucurella said: ‘I’m really happy. It’s a big opportunity for me to join one of the best clubs in the world and I’m going to work hard to be happy here and help the team.’
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Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: ‘Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality and he further strengthens our squad going into the new season. We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we’re delighted Marc will be a part of the present and future at Chelsea.’
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano , co-controlling owners, said: ‘We’re very excited to bring Marc to Chelsea, and he is another key part of our squad building as we enter the new season. We’re all looking forward to getting started on the pitch now, and Marc only adds to that feeling. We welcome him to the club!’
The Catalan’s football education began in his native Spain before he moved to the South Coast. There, he rose through the levels at Espanyol until signing with Barcelona at the age of 14.
He spent the first two of his three full La Liga seasons on loan at Getafe and Eibar before making the latter his permanent club in the summer of 2020. Prior to Graham Potter’s coaching at the Amex Stadium, he spent a large portion of his time in Spain playing as a left midfielder.
The Spaniard won a silver medal with the under-23 team at the Tokyo Olympics the following month after making his senior international debut last summer, which was his only outing for La Roja so far.