Chelsea new signing Wesley Fofana has revealed that Blues defender Reece James has privately messaged him to ask him to move from Leicester City to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea completed a £70m deal for the former Leicester City star on Wednesday, while Fofana signed a seven-year deal in west London.
Fofana made 37 Premier League appearances for Leicester, with his progress at King Power Stadium halted after breaking his leg in pre-season last year.
Chelsea have expressed interest in signing the 21-year-old earlier in the summer and Blues defender James was among those who took it upon themselves to persuade Fofana to join.
“I’m talking to Reece James on Instagram and Eduoard Mendy, [Marc] Cucurella too,” Fofana told Chelsea’s official website.
“Reece James sent me a message on Instagram about a month ago saying, ‘You come and I and you play defense’. I love that. It’s good for confidence and he’s my type now.’
Fofana’s move to Chelsea has made him the third most expensive defender in the Premier League behind Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk.
The France defender follows Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Cucurella who joined Chelsea this summer.
He added: “The last two days have been really big days for me and I’m very happy. I trained with the team this morning and it’s a dream for me. I’m really looking forward to playing games for the fans and the club.
“I’m here to win trophies – the Champions League, the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Carabao Cup, everything. I came here to win and the club is built to win trophies so I’m here to continue that.
Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly, meanwhile, said: “Wesley is a very promising defender who has shown his quality in the Premier League from a young age.
“We’re delighted to have brought one of Europe’s most exciting talents to Chelsea and continue to strengthen this area of our squad for this season and for many to come.”
Chelsea lost their second game of the season to Southampton on Tuesday night and will try to recover this weekend when they take on London rivals West Ham.
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