Super Eagles ace sends messages to Chelsea after Torino move

Nigerian Football News By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/06/2019

Super Eagles defender Ola Aina sends a farewell message to Chelsea fans after a permanent transfer move to Serie A giant Torino this summer.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international, who is a product of the Blues’ youth system enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Olympic Grande Torino Stadium during the 2018-19 season after making 32 appearances providing three assists and scoring one goal in all competition for The Maroons.

Aina took to his social media to write a thank you message to everyone who gave him a chance at Chelsea.

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The start of a new chapter. Words can not express how I feel. Joining the club as a ten year old Ola was the best thing that happened to me combined with playing football for the team which I support was just amazing. Now I’m 22, I look back on all the great times I’ve had from: training,going on tours every year and spending time with some amazing players I looked up too most of my life. I’ve also had the pleasure of playing and training with some great players in the 1st team, but most importantly the players that I can call bros from the academy over the years. My best highlights will always be the memories of growing up and becoming a man whilst also improving my craft with these players. I want to say a big thank you to all the coaches / medical staff and more, that I’ve had through out my years at Chelsea. I am very grateful for constantly helping me out and taking an interest in me. I would like to thank my first coach Joe Edwards for everything he’s helped me with over the years also; Micky Beale, ciril (got me using my left foot), Adi vivash (our farther figure) Andy Myers, Jody Morris Dermot Drummy and Antonio Conte (for all my appearances for Chelsea) Lastly, a big thank you to Eddie Newton and the loan staff 👊🏾 12 years have gone so quick and I’m forever grateful to Chelsea FC - (my boyhood club) this place will forever be in my heart. Until next time I wish this club all the success in the future, love you guys @chelseafc 💙 - Mr.Lulu • • • 🎶keep it moving - @anzmilliano • • @workbymischief

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Aina joined Chelsea’s academy at the age of 10 and won the FA Youth Cup and Uefa Youth League with the side before the defender made his senior debut for the Blues in August 2016 under Antonio Conte but was limited to three Premier League appearances.

Former Hull City star was included in Nigeria’s final 23-man squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, slated to kick off on June 21 against Burundi before battle Guinea and Madagascar to the knockout stage.