Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall explains Chelsea move as he exits Leicester City feeling like 'new player'

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall is officially a Chelsea player after leaving Leicester City in a £30m transfer
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Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall arrives at Stamford Bridge feeling like a “new player”, with the midfielder labelling Chelsea the best club for his next step.

Dewsbury-Hall has ended 17 years at Leicester City with a £30m transfer to the capital. In West London, he will reunite with Enzo Maresca, the Italian coach helping him to produce the best season of his career last term.

Following City’s Championship title success, for which Dewsbury-Hall won player of the season, the 25-year-old said he feels full of confidence and motivation to show his qualities at the top level again. There is “no better fit” than Chelsea for that.

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“It is amazing to be sitting here as a Chelsea player,” he said. “This is a club people grow up watching and hoping to one day play for, so it is a privilege to be here. I’m really excited to get going and can’t wait to show everybody what I can do.

“My hopes for the season, first and foremost, is to win some silverware. That is an aim for this club and we are in plenty of competitions this season where we can try to do that. So that is priority number one.

“I want to play as many games as I can and try to help the team as much as possible. That is imperative to me. I want to enjoy the moment and enjoy the occasion. There are going to be a lot of games this season and hopefully there will be a lot of ups. The squad is full of talent and has a lot of potential so I know that if it is nurtured right, then we can be really dangerous.

“Last season was a positive year for me and I’m coming into this season feeling like a new player, full of confidence, full of motivation to get going and I don’t see a better fit than coming to Chelsea and testing myself against some top players and playing with top players. I am in a great space and I am really looking forward to getting going.”

Dewsbury-Hall’s quest to establish himself as a regular in Chelsea’s starting XI should be helped by his relationship with Maresca. There will be nobody in the squad who knows the Italian as well as he does.

“I have made it pretty public about what I think of the new head coach,” Dewsbury-Hall added. “He is fantastic. He is top.

“He completely changed the way Leicester wanted to play last season and we saw it worked. I personally fell in love with the way he wanted to play and I know a lot of the other lads did as well.

“I am very confident coming here that he is going to implement his style and that the lads are going to buy into it and are going to enjoy it. With more time working with it, it will look more natural and when that happens, it is going to be really good for the football club.

“He is a very unique character. He is very relentless and determined but he also has that nice, gentle side if he wants to talk to you as a human being. It is good that he has a mixture of both because when it is time to work, it is time to work, and he is definitely one of the most hard-working people I have seen in football. He is a great person to have and he is going to be really good here.”

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