Chelsea have completed a transfer for the future, with 18-year-old Dylan Williams moving from Derby Country for an undisclosed fee.
The English left-back had made nine appearances for the first team at Derby before completing this move to Chelsea, where he’ll initially work with the U23s.
Williams will fill a void in the Academy at left wing-back and he expressed his delight with a message following the announcement.
He wrote on Instagram: “Wow. I am absolutely delighted to have signed for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“Thank you so much for everything the staff and players have done @dcfcofficial. I cannot wait to get started @chelseafc.”
The second-year scholar, who turned 18 in December, has joined the reigning UEFA Champions League holders after an undisclosed agreement was reached by the two clubs.
Wayne Rooney gave his blessing to Williams on Friday after admitting he couldn’t stand in his way to join the European champions.
“We’ve agreed a fee with a Premier League club for Dylan Williams – I couldn’t stand in the way of his opportunity,” said Rooney.
The fee which Chelsea have agreed remains unclear, however it will help Derby, however little or big, as they try to raise funds to avoid the possibility of liquidation.
Williams, at the age of just 16, was the youngest player to start in the Rams’ Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie at Chorley just over a year ago on what was his professional debut.
A mixture of Under-23s and Under-18s players from the Academy stood up to the challenge after the first team squad were forced to self-isolate under COVID-19 protocols.
Williams made the step up to the first-team fold at start of the current campaign, initially in the Carabao Cup, and went on to record eight appearances in all competitions.
From the pictures released, Williams will wear the no.75 if he is to be called up to the first team. He posed with the no.3 which could see him take that number when he lines up for the Blues during Academy matches.