Chelsea have announced that defender Ola Aina has joined Hull City on a season-long deal as he looks to further his first-team experience.
As confirmed on Chelsea’s website, the 20-year-old is set to link up with the Championship side in what is the club’s new manager, Leonid Slutsky’s first signing.
Slutsky is known to have close relations with the Blues owner, Roman Abramovich and a deal for the Chelsea academy graduate has secured the Tigers the highly-rated defender who has made six senior appearances for Chelsea.
Aina made his debut for the Blues in last season’s League Cup victory against Bristol Rovers and at academy level has been a part of three FA Youth Cups and two UEFA Youth Leagues triumphs.
Despite representing England at Under-16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 level, Aina has recently pledged his international future to Nigeria.
Speaking after signing, Aina told Hull’s website: “I’m very excited to be here and it is the start of a new chapter in my career.
“It’s my first loan move away from Chelsea and I just want to hit the ground running. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of my new team-mates during the training camp in Portugal.”
After officially completing his move, Aina has now joined up with his new teammates ahead of their trip to Portugal for a pre-season training camp.