Bristol City have completed the signing of Chelsea left back Jay Dasilva, who was already on loan with the Championship outfit last season.
The transfer presumably goes through under the term of the buy-option that Bristol City had already exercised. They had just been waiting for Dasilva to decide his future and agree, which, as he promised, he did so after England’s early exit from the U21 European Championships.
The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract at Ashton Gate.
Dasilva, who joined Chelsea in 2012 at age 13 alongside his younger brothers Cole and Rio, made 32 appearances for the Robins last season, including 28 in a Championship campaign that they finished in 8th place. They will look to push on closer to promotion next season.
“We saw first-hand last season just how talented Jay is and he quickly earned the respect of the City supporters. His talents are clear for all to see and I am delighted we have been able to make Jay a permanent figure at this football club. He has all the attributes we’ve been looking for and he will continue to flourish in the set-up and style of football which Lee Johnson and his staff have implemented.”
-Mark Ashton, Bristol City CEO; source: Bristol City FC
It’s an unfortunate, but not unexpected end to Dasilva’s Chelsea career, which perhaps should’ve amounted to more in terms of first-team chances, opportunities, appearances. As it turns out, he finishes without even a bench appearance despite always impressing in the youth team and on loan.
Jay leaves Chelsea after seven years, 114 U18+ academy appearances, 85 senior appearances on loan at Charlton and Bristol City, two UEFA Youth Leagues, a joint-record three consecutive FA Youth Cups, an #U19EURO and Toulon winner with England, and a remarkably bright future. pic.twitter.com/HSjOqDudVS— Chelsea Youth (@chelseayouth) June 26, 2019
Good luck, Jay! Hope to see you in the Premier League soon!
(Now Bristol should start turning their attentions to another Chelsea loanee, Tomáš Kalas.)