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Fluminense fullback Wallace has finally gone on record stating that he is moving to west London to join Champions League winners Chelsea next year. While there have been reports linking the player to Chelsea in the past, Wallaceâ€™s recent statement seals the deal.
The under-20 Brazilian international is reported to have told Fox Sports Brasil, â€œIt's always helpful having Brazilian team-mates playing alongside you, as they normally are settled down, so they can give you some advice and this is important, even regarding language. Now that I'm moving to London I'll have to learn some English but they are used to this and they will surely help me a lot.
"I used to follow the Spanish league and its big clubs like Real Madrid but now as I'm moving to Chelsea I'm following the club more closely, especially after the Champions League title.
"I watch Chelsea games whenever I can, sometimes I can't watch because I'm playing or concentrated with my team, but I don't miss a chance to see them playing on TV."
Chelsea are believed to have bought a 40% stake in Wallace as a part of the deal which saw their Portuguese playmaker Deco move to Fluminese a few seasons back. Wallace has since broken into the Fluminese first team, and has shown sufficient promise for the European Champions to consider sealing the move.
Chelsea currently have two rightbacks in the form of Spanish youth international Cesar Azpilicueta and out of favour Portuguese veteran Paulo Ferriera with back up in versatile central defender Branislav Ivanovic. With Ferriera nearing the end of his career and Ivanovic needed by the Blues in central defence, 18 year old Wallace could provide some much needed cover.
The transfer when it goes through is likely to cost the Blues in the region of Â£5 million.
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