HomeNigerian Footballers Abroad

OFFICIAL: Chelsea Sign Nigerian Midfielder Chukwuemeka

OFFICIAL: Chelsea Sign Nigerian Midfielder Chukwuemeka

Chelsea have announced that they have reached an agreement with Aston Villa for the permanent transfer of Austrian-born Nigerian midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka.

Both Aston Villa and Chelsea confirmed the agreement in a joint statement released on their social media handles.

“Aston Villa and Chelsea can confirm that the clubs have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of Carney Chukwuemeka,” the statement read.

“The 18-year-old has been given permission to travel to London to discuss both personal terms and undergo a medical.“

Born in Austria to Nigerian parents, Chukwuemeka joined the Aston Villa academy from the Northampton Town academy in March 2016 and signed his first professional contract with Villa in July 2020.

He made his senior debut for Villa on 19 May 2021 in a 2–1 away victory over Tottenham Hotspur, hitting the post within minutes of entering the game.

Also Read: ‘I Have To Move Out Of Comfort Zone’ –Aribo Reveals Reason For Leaving Rangers

On 23 May 2021, he was named Aston Villa Academy Player of the Season for the 2020–21 season. The following day, Chukwuemeka was part of the Aston Villa U18s squad that won the FA Youth Cup, beating Liverpool U18s 2–1 in the final.

He made his first senior start on 28 August 2021 in a 1–1 draw against Brentford, a performance former Arsenal star Paul Merson hailed as “outstanding”, adding “he will be an absolute star”.

On 17 June 2022, Chukwuemeka was named in the England squad for the 2022 UEFA European Under-19 Championship finals.

He featured in every game of their tournament, scoring in group stage victories against Austria and Serbia.

On 1 July 2022, he scored the second goal in England’s 3–1 extra time victory over Israel in the final and his performances during the competition led to his inclusion in the UEFA team of the tournament.

Aside England, he is also eligible to play for the national teams of Nigeria and also Austria.

Copyright © 2024 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.


  • dominic 2 years ago

    i think NFA and super eagles coach should start negotiating with this guy to play for Nigeria and cap him as soon as possible before we lose him like others

    • If I where you i will not come to Nigeria and play

    • Presh 2 years ago

      Nah your country cook him struggle till he got to the top. You lots will be opening your mouth, let him show he wants the country, everything you people want to reap were you didn’t sow. Nah your father train am all the while he was young.  

    • Gattuso 2 years ago


      Congratulations to Chelsea for nabbing Carney. He can take the entire defence of any team on a dancing spree even with his average performance. I have long wished the NFF would have pushed for him before shooting into the limelight. But now that he’s already playing for England at the youth level and at Chelsea, Nigeria may have lost another star yet again just like Bukayo Saka.

      He plays like Eden Hazard. But not certain of his free kick abilities yet. He can callously dribble from the middle of the pack to the final third and leave the striker and his destiny in his foot with either an empty net or only the goal keeper to beat with such a clinically finished pass, such that if missed, could be shot dead on the spot

      Are to talk of his factory made, well tailored defence splitting passes? Deadly crosses into the danger area? Aerial dominance. Lanky yet mobile. Uses both feet well. With him, you’re sure on possession and Tiki Taka

      How I wish we can have both Carney Chukwuemeka and Michael Olise in Super Eagles’ Team

  • pompei 2 years ago

    He’s only Nigerian by name. He’s more English and Austrian than Nigerian.
    Would be great if he can play for SE, but I wouldn’t be holding my breath on this one.
    Especially with our Glass House all over the place administratively.

  • Obitwice 2 years ago

    If he was born in Austria I don’t think he’ll play for Nigeria. Austria doesn’t have options for dual citizenship. You’re either an Austrian or you’re not. I doubt if he’ll want to denounce his Austrian citizenship for Nigeria.

    My Ten Kobo! 

Update cookies preferences