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Chelsea sign 18-year-old centre-back Xavier Mbuyamba

COBHAM, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Xavier Mbuyamba poses for a portrait as he signs for Chelsea and will join the Development Squad, at Chelsea Training Ground on August 19, 2020 in Cobham, England. (Photo by Chris Lee - Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)

Chelsea have completed the signing of 18-year-old defender Xavier Mbuyamba from Barcelona.

The centre-back will go into Chelsea’s development squad and has signed a three-year contract, as reported by the club’s official website.

Having previously been at MVV Maastricht, where he made eleven senior appearances, Mbuyamba made the switch to Barcelona last year.

Although he featured in the UEFA Youth League, the prospect didn’t play as much as he envisaged, which prompted his departure.

Comfortable in possession and dominant aerially, Mbuyamba has been compared to his compatriot Virgil van Dijk.

Capped by the Netherlands at under-19 level, he will hope to make a significant impact for Chelsea at youth level this campaign.

Mbuyamba will certainly be encouraged that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard gave many opportunities to a host of youngsters last season, with the likes of Mason Mount, Reece James and Tammy Abraham featuring prominently.

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