United States head coach Jurgen Klinsmann expressed his delight for Matt Miazga on joining Premier League champions Chelsea from MLS side Red Bulls.
Miazga signed for the Blues for a reported fee of £3.5 million and as per ESPN, he signed a four-and-a-half-year contract that keeps him at Stamford Bridge till 2020.
Klinsmann believes it is the right move for the defender and it will ultimately benefit him in the long run.
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The 20-year-old has plenty of time on his hands to develop further into one of the best in world football.
The German manager is of the opinion that his players must feature at the highest level and encourages transfers overseas, to maximise their potential - citing Miazga as an example to others.
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Daily Mail quoted the World Cup winner saying: “It’s a huge move. Being 20 years of age, and now getting the opportunity to go overseas, and proving himself, is big.”
Learn from the best
He also stressed on the fact that moving to a Champions League club would help in the process of his development by learning from some of the best players in the world.
Klinsmann rates the centre-back highly and reckons him to be a key member of the national squad.
“In the long run, he is a player that we’re going to count on. He has showed already a lot of potential over the last two years, not only with [the U.S] program but with the Red Bulls, and now this a big, big step.”
The 51-year-old lauded Miazga for taking the decision to challenge himself in Europe.
Needs time to reach full potential
He advised that the youngster must be patient as he might not get to feature regularly in the first-team initially but when the time comes he has to make it count.
“We’ve got to be patient there. It will take time. He will go there to learn, and it will take time until he gets his chances there.”
“We are thrilled for him.”
Caught the eye of former Chelsea striker
Miazga might not be a household name just yet, but it is believed that Chelsea legend Didier Drogba spoke to his former club recommending the defender after playing against Red Bulls in MLS last year.
With John Terry nearing the end of his Chelsea career and compatriot Gary Cahill the only other senior centre-back option to partner Frenchman Kurt Zouma at the heart of the defence, Miazga will add depth for Guus Hiddink.
It remains to be seen if Miazga can compete for a place in the first eleven or if the Blues hierarchy will decide to loan him out like the other 30 young prodigies at west London.
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