Chelsea transfers: Mario Pasalic hopes to emulate Frank Lampard
Chelsea transfers: Mario Pasalic names Frank Lampard as his idol after joining Blues from Hajduk Split
Mario Pasalic says he is happy to follow in the footsteps of his idol Frank Lampard after sealing a move to Chelsea.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder completed his switch to the Blues from Croatian side Hajduk Split on Wednesday, becoming Chelsea’s second summer signing.
I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player
Pasalic missed out on a spot in Croatia’s World Cup squad after making the initial 30-man cut following an eye-catching season in the Croatian top-flight.
The German-born playmaker scored 11 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions, and he joined Jose Mourinho’s squad for their first pre-season training session this afternoon.
“I am very happy because I am now a Chelsea player,” Pasalic told Chelsea’s website.
“I am very impressed by the training ground and I must thank everybody at Hajduk. This is now a new start in my career.
“I am a central midfielder, my favourite player is Frank Lampard, and so I am very happy to be a Chelsea player.”