Shaun Wright-Phillips became a Chelsea player this lunchtime after signing a five-year contract.
Arriving at Chelsea today with father Ian Wright and agent Mitchell Thomas, he completed his medical and is now due to fly out with the rest of the team to the USA tomorrow, Tuesday.
With a pre-season game and training already under his belt for Manchester City, he is ready to be involved straight away. Chelsea’s next game is against Milan in Boston next Sunday.
He has asked to play in the Number 24 shirt. “It’s the date my son was born,”? he explained. “He loves football.”?
He knows plenty of the Chelsea team from England, England Under 21s, his kit sponsor and his youth ”” he was playing against and becoming friends with Joe Cole when they were still at school.
He knows he is going to be competing for places with Cole, Arjen Robben and Damien Duff. “That’s fine by me,”? he says, “I never expected to be in anywhere and walk into any team to be honest with you. Competition is just healthy really and will help make me a better player. I just want to try and get some medals and be a regular part of the team. I want to play well for myself and for the fans, and for the coaching staff.”?
Chief executive Peter Kenyon added: “We’re delighted that Shaun has joined us. He’ll be a fantastic asset to the team and squad. This carries on the Chelsea policy of investing in young, top English talent.”?
Shaun Wright-Phillips and Peter Kenyon can be seen this evening giving a major interview on Chelsea TV’s ‘Blues News’ at 6.30pm and 9.30pm.
Source: The Official Chelsea FC Website