Enzo Fernandez has claimed he doesn’t want to leave Chelsea after rumours circulated that the midfielder is keen to join Barcelona.
The 23-year-old, who moved to the Blues from Benfica for £105million last January, is reportedly unhappy at Stamford Bridge. It’s said Fernandez is open to securing a move away, with Barcelona a potential destination for the Argentina international, though he still has EIGHT years left on his Chelsea contract.
Fernandez scored in back-to-back matches for the first time since moving to Chelsea after netting in the 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace on Monday. Five days prior, Fernandez struck a stunning free-kick at Aston Villa. He has now scored seven goals and grabbed three assists in 52 matches for the Blues.
Now, Fernandez has shut down rumours of him wanting to leave Chelsea. He told ESPN: “I don’t want to leave Chelsea. I have been very good here with my teammates and coaching staff from the first day I arrived. The people at the club are treating me very well; I’m grateful for that.
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“I will continue here until they want me to [leave]. I don’t know where those rumours came from; they had appeared on social networks. I [have] come out to totally deny that.”
This comes a matter of days after Fernandez’s agent Uriel Perez confirmed the ex-River Plate midfielder is not looking for a move away from Chelsea. “Both Enzo and I are very clear on what this project is, which was transmitted to me on the day of the World Cup final,” Perez told ESPN last week.
“[Chelsea] were very clear that it was a project that was going to take time, especially from a sporting standpoint because they were going to change the squad.
“They were going to try to bring the best youth players and one of them was Enzo. They were aware that it was going to take one, two or even three seasons for the team to start fighting for important things.
“But they said that once the team was assembled, it would start to compete for titles. I think the team has a lot of quality, very good players, and the only thing missing is that it fits together.”
Fernandez sealed Chelsea’s victory at Palace with a composed strike, as he sat Daniel Munoz down before waiting for his chance and slotting the ball into the top corner. It wrapped up a vital three points for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, after Conor Gallagher’s brace had cancelled out Jefferson Lerma’s opener.
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