'The nerves were kicking in' - Chelsea star Enzo Fernandez opens up on 'stressful' £106m deadline-day move from Benfica

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Enzo Fernandez revealed how nervous he was before sealing a move to Chelsea in the final hours of deadline day.
  • Enzo was nervous ahead of Chelsea move
  • Joined the Blues from Benfica
  • Chelsea broke British transfer record

WHAT HAPPENED? The Blues signed the Argentine from Benfica for a club and British transfer record of £106.8 million ($131m) on deadline day in the January transfer window.

The midfielder has now revealed how his nerves were kicking in ahead of sealing a move to the Premier League. He also insisted he never missed any training sessions at Benfica during the transfer saga despite speculation to the contrary.

WHAT THEY SAID: Speaking to The Times, Fernandez said, "It was a stressful time. The nerves were kicking in as the final hours approached. It was all about me trying to keep calm and focusing on my football. I was training and playing when I could but it did get a bit hectic towards the end as the hours ticked by.

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"A lot of stuff was filtering out through various sections of the press that maybe wasn’t akin to what was really going on. I know for a fact that I didn’t miss any training sessions. I know all the negotiations were conducted between the clubs. I just got on with it, kept my head down and kept going to training."

THE BIGGER PICTURE: The 22-year-old has gone on to make three appearances for Chelsea in the Premier League so far and has provided one assist.


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WHAT NEXT FOR ENZO FERNANDEZ? He will be next seen in action on Sunday when Graham Potter's side take on Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.