Marc Cucurella has signed a six-year contract for Chelsea with Brighton & Hove Albion.
The versatile defender arrives just weeks after his 24th birthday after an impressive debut season in the Premier League with the Seagulls, during which he made 38 appearances in all competitions and scored his only goal in their penultimate game at home against Manchester United.
Such was the positive and quick nature of his adaptation to English football, playing in a variety of roles on the left side including full-back, full-back and centre-back, Cucurella was voted Player of the Season by both Brighton supporters . and teammates.
In particular, his high-energy performances, tough tackles and marauding down the wing caught the eye, while his two-footedness and confidence on the ball were key traits of Brighton’s possession-based approach. , as they achieved the best top-flight finish ever. ninth. Only three players recorded more than his 93 Premier League tackles last season.
On signing for Chelsea, Cucurella said: “I’m really happy. It’s a great 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.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly said: “Marc is an elite defender of proven Premier League quality and he further strengthens our squad for the new season.” We continue to work on and off the pitch, and we are delighted that Marc is part of the present and the future at Chelsea.
Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano, co-owners, said: “We are very happy to bring Marc to Chelsea and he is another key part of building our team as we enter the new season. We are all eager to start on the pitch now, and Marc only adds to that feeling. We welcome him to the club!
Prior to his move to the south coast, the Catalan footballer’s upbringing was in his native Spain, where he rose through the ranks at Espanyol before joining Barcelona aged 14.
He played three full seasons in La Liga, initially on loan at Eibar and Getafe, before joining the latter on a permanent basis in the summer of 2020. Much of his time in Spain was spent playing as a left midfielder before the defensive side of his game was developed under Graham Potter at Amex Stadium.
The Spaniard made his senior international debut last summer, his only appearance for La Roja to date, and picked up a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics the following month with the Under-23 side.