“It wasn’t an easy decision for me to leave Chelsea”- Blues academy graduate explains his summer exit from Stamford Bridge

Former Chelsea starlet Marc Guehi has revealed the reason for his summer exit from the west London club, describing his move as the “right decision” amid protest from a section of the club’s fans.

The defender joined Crystal Palace in an £18 million over the summer and, has been given a more prominent role in the
England U21 as a captain.

Guehi said: “It wasn’t an easy decision for me to leave Chelsea.

“I was at the club for so long – since I was seven years old. I am extremely grateful for everyone who has helped me get so far and it’s because of them that I’m here.

“I felt like it was the right decision for me to move to Palace. I wanted to play regular football at a high level in the Premier League and test myself to see how far I can go. I think I will really improve myself.

“So looking at it that way, I think it was the right decision. My mentality is to get the most out of myself.”

Guehi went on to talk about his new position as U21 captain, but not before reserving praise for Chelsea legend John Terry, stating: “I learned an immense lot with the way he conducted himself, the way he played and the professionalism.

“He is seen as such a high standard through his professionalism and commitment to the game.

“It’s a privilege to be captain and it is a proud moment for me and my family. I was a bit shocked at first. There’s a lot of leaders and fantastic players in the group.

“It honestly could have been so many people. [Carsley] sees maybe something from a different perspective or from the sidelines. But I am confident and I try to help people on or off the pitch. Those are some of the qualities I feel I have.”

Saul Niguez set to feature against Aston Villa after impressing Thomas Tuchel

Reports in England claim Chelsea new signing Saul Niguez is billed to make his Blues debut against Aston Villa at weekend after impressing Thomas Tuchel in training.

The Spaniard joined on loan on transfer deadline day, and Blues have the option to make his move permanent if they wish.

And given he has impressed Thomas Tuchel already, he could be in for a successful spell at Stamford Bridge.

According to football.london Saul has settled at Chelsea already, dishing out instructions to some of his high-profile team-mates during a training session conducted by Tuchel.

Saul brings a wealth of experience to the club having won La Liga, the Europa League twice and finished as runner-up in the Champions League in 2016.

And with many senior Chelsea players currently away on international duty, it seems the midfielder has already taken on some leadership responsibilities.

That could be key to him breaking into the Chelsea line-up ahead of N’Golo Kante or Jorginho, who was one of the best players at Euro 2020.

That pair were also valuable to winning Chelsea the Champions League last term.

But Saul has already impressed team-mate Marcos Alonso in the few training sessions they have shared.

The defender told Chelsea’s official website: “He’s a great player. His conditions are going to be good for the Premier League.

“He is strong physically, he is very good in the air.”