Leon Bailey wished “all the best” to Karne Chukwuemica on the player’s Instagram after he secured a move from Aston Villa to Chelsea.

The 18-year-old, whose contract with Aston Villa was due to expire next summer, has signed a six-year contract with West London club.

BBC Sport reports that Chelsea have paid their Premier League counterparts £20m for the highly-rated midfielder, who won the European Championship with England’s Under-19 team this summer.

Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea via Getty Images

With pre-season and Villa’s tour of Australia looming, Steven Gerrard opted to leave Chukwuemeka at home with his contract still in place, so he did not leave the Midlands club in a positive light.

However, a number of his teammates have congratulated him on IG on the Chelsea move, with Leon Bailey telling him “Wishing you all the best, brother”.

Mattie Cash and Lucas Denny sent similar messages, while Marvelous Nakamba called him a “star boy” and was told by Ken Kessler Hayden to “smash it.”

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Will CHUKWUEMEKA start at Chelsea?

Fans may not see it from the start because he didn’t have a proper pre-season, he just walked through the doors at Stamford Bridge and the new Premier League season begins this weekend.

But, over the coming months, will Chukwuemeka wear the Chelsea first team colors? There are suggestions that Thomas Tuchel wants to give him this opportunity.

In Villa, was the problem he was asking for too much in wages? And Villa just does not want to succumb to the demands of the young man? Well, if that’s the case, they did a very good job of getting him out the door.

But, if the player produces merchandise in Chelsea’s colors this season, it will be interesting to see how they will be displayed in the Midlands.

Ahead of Villa’s opening match in the Premier League in Bournemouth, some fans are wondering if they need another number eight, well, one of them has just left the building that fits the bill.

In other news, Tottenham agreed to sign giant Mourinho’s £16m, but the deal fell apart

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