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De Lucas opts for Chelsea

Published: Tuesday 28 May 2002, 13.29CET
RCD Espanyol's Enrique De Lucas joined FA Premiership side Chelsea FC on Tuesday.

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Published: Tuesday 28 May 2002, 13.29CET

De Lucas opts for Chelsea

RCD Espanyol's Enrique De Lucas joined FA Premiership side Chelsea FC on Tuesday.

RCD Espanyol's Enrique De Lucas has joined FA Premiership side Chelsea FC.

Four-year deal
The London club announced today that the 23-year-old midfield player has decided to move to England on a four-year contract. His existing deal with the Barcelona-based club expired at the end of the season and he will move to Stamford Bridge on a free transfer.

Close watch
A former Spain Under-21 international, De Lucas came to the attention of Chelsea manager Claudio Ranieri while he was in charge of Primera División side Valencia CF and he has kept a close watch on his progress throughout his time in England.

Successful season
De Lucas had a successful season with Espanyol in 2001/02 making 33 appearances and scoring seven goals. He is Chelsea's first signing of the close season as they prepare to compete in next season's UEFA Cup.

 

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