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Official: Sami Tlemcani signs with AEK Athens after leaving Chelsea

Good luck, young one!

Young goalkeeper Sami Tlemcani left Chelsea last month after “he and the club mutually agreed to cancel his contract”, and after a few weeks of free agency, he’s now found himself a new team. The 19-year-old has signed a two-year deal with AEK Athens, where he will initially go into the B team.

Tlemcani had joined Chelsea in 2020 at the age of 16, arriving from the youth system of Paris FC (not to be confused with Paris Saint-Germain). He spent most of his time with the under-18s, collecting a few U18 Premier League appearances. He had also spent a brief time at Merstham FC on loan, making five appearances at the Surrey-based non-league outfit.

In the meantime, he’s represented Morocco U20 on the international stage, and even got a surprise call-up to their senior team once.

Upon his departure, Tlemcani thanked Chelsea for letting him live a dream and continue his development.

“What can I say about the last few years, arriving here when I was only 16, I am 19 today. I am writing this message because my adventure with this club that made me dream as a child is over. I thank all the members of the staff, coaches, trainers... who were able to make my progress possible, which made me grow. Now it’s time for me to take flight towards a new experience.”

Good luck, Sami!

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