Seri picks Ful­ham over Chelsea

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Ivory Coast in­ter­na­tional Jean-Michel Seri signed for Ful­ham yes­ter­day in a real coup for the Pre­mier League new boys as he pre­ferred them to Chelsea and Ger­man side Borus­sia Dort­mund.

The 26-year-old mid­fielder signed a four-year con­tract – with the op­tion for it to be ex­tended by a year – with Ful­ham pay­ing Ligue 1 side Nice a re­ported £25mil­lion ($$45 mil­lion). The trans­fer is sub­ject to in­ter­na­tional clear­ance and a work per­mit for the 16-time capped Seri.

Seri was swayed by the prom­ise of reg­u­lar first­team foot­ball.

Chelsea’s case was not helped by the un­cer­tainty over the sta­tus of man­ager An­to­nio Conte, who was re­port­edly sacked yes­ter­day with for­mer Napoli boss Mau­r­izio Sarri set to re­place him.

“It was great to get the move fi­nalised,” Seri told the Ful­ham web­site.

“I’m de­lighted to be here, it’s a new ad­ven­ture that starts for me and I’m hop­ing it will all go well.” – AFP

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