Last update: August 19, 2022, 23:05 IST
Chelsea signed Italian youngster Cesar Casadei on a six-year contract from Inter Milan on Friday.
The teenage midfielder was part of the Italy squad that reached the semi-finals of the European Under-19 Championship in the summer. He has been described as a complete midfielder, with an eye for goal.
Casadei began his youth career with Servia before catching the eye at Cesena, helping their under-15s reach the national playoffs. When Cesena folded in 2018, he moved to Inter and made an instant impact, scoring a 95th-minute equalizer in the play-off quarter-finals as they were crowned national under-17 champions in 2018/19, despite being a schoolboy and only 16. was a year old. It’s January.
By the end of the following campaign, Cesena was a regular for the Nerazzurri’s under-19s – the highest level of youth football in Italy. He starred for the team as they were crowned national champions last season, scoring the decisive equalizer as they beat Roma in the play-off final. In total, he scored 16 goals in 38 matches in the top-tier Primavera Division and UEFA Youth League. In 2021/22.
“César is a player we have tracked for some time and we are delighted that he has now agreed to join Chelsea, where he will initially strengthen our Under-21 squad. He is another exciting emerging talent who we look forward to seeing develop and progress further into senior football over the coming years,” said Neil Bath, Chelsea’s Head of Youth Development.
19-year-old Casadei trained frequently with Inter’s senior team last season, having been named among the substitutes for the first time by manager Simone Inzaghi when they played Sassuolo in Serie A in February.