Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.

Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.

Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.

After an outstanding debut season in the Premier League with the Seagulls, where he made 38 appearances across all categories and scored his solitary goal in their penultimate home game against Manchester United, the versatile defender joins the club only weeks after turning 24.

Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.
Marc Cucurella has left Brighton & Hove Albion and joined Chelsea on a six-year deal.

Cucurella was named Player of the Season by both Brighton fans and teammates because of how well and quickly he adapted to English football, playing in a variety of roles on the left side, including full-back, wing-back, and center-back.
His energetic play, aggressive tackling, and swarming down the wings stood out, and his two-footedness and comfort with the ball were important components of Brighton’s possession-based strategy as they achieved their best-ever top-flight position of ninth. In the Premier League last season, only three players made more tackles than he did (93).

Cucurella said of joining Chelsea: “I’m incredibly thrilled. I’m going to work hard to be happy here and support the squad because it’s a great opportunity for me to join one of the top clubs in the world.

“Marc is an exceptional defender of proven Premier League level and he further enhances our group going into the new season,” Chelsea chairman Todd Boehly stated. We’re excited Marc will be a part of Chelsea’s present and future as we continue to develop both on and off the field.

‘We’re very happy to bring Marc to Chelsea and he is another crucial aspect of our squad building as we start the new season,’ said co-controlling owners Behdad Eghbali and José E. Feliciano. All of us are eager to begin playing on the pitch right now, and Marc only makes us feel that way. He is welcomed into the group.
The Catalan’s football education began in his native Spain before he moved to the South Coast. There, he rose through the levels at Espanyol until signing with Barcelona at the age of 14.

He spent the first two of his three full La Liga seasons on loan at Getafe and Eibar before making the latter his permanent club in the summer of 2020. Prior to Graham Potter’s coaching at the Amex Stadium, he spent a large portion of his time in Spain playing as a left midfielder.

The Spaniard won a silver medal with the under-23 team at the Tokyo Olympics the following month after making his senior international debut last summer, which was his only outing for La Roja to far.