Sarr 'surprised' that Chelsea wanted to sign him as he looks to make Blues breakthrough


The 22-year-old defender attracted plenty of interest in the summer of 2020, but a switch to Stamford Bridge still came as a shock

Malang Sarr admits he is still "surprised" to be a Chelsea player, having been snapped up by the Blues as a free agent in 2020, but the 22-year-old is determined to make his mark with the Premier League heavyweights.

Interest in the promising defender built steadily last summer, with clubs from across Europe said to be shooting admiring glances in his direction.

Chelsea eventually swooped in to get a deal over the line, before sanctioning a loan switch to Porto, and the highly-rated Frenchman concedes that a move to Stamford Bridge came out of the blue.

What has been said?

Sarr has told Chelsea's official website of an opportunity that was too good to pass up: "I was training on my own, training at home and just waiting. 

"I had been almost six months without playing [after seeing Ligue 1 shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic], and when my agent told me about this opportunity to come here to Chelsea, I was surprised and happy.

"It was a great opportunity for me. He talked to me about going on loan for the first year and for me it was a good idea. 

"I hadn’t played for a long time and I needed to get the rhythm and to play and have a good experience also, step up after Nice, and come back stronger and ready to go."


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