Moises Caicedo has revealed he chose to join Chelsea over Liverpool with the help of a phone call from Enzo Fernandez.
After starring at Brighton, the Ecuadorian international was high on the list of the Blues’ transfer targets during the summer window.
Liverpool tried to hijack a move for Caicedo by agreeing a £111million deal but this didn’t deter Chelsea from finally securing their man.
Caicedo completed his move to Stamford Bridge in mid-August, with Romeo Lavia also choosing west London over Merseyside.
The former has already made 12 appearances in royal blue and stars in midfield with fellow South American Fernandez.
Three months after the saga, Caicedo has revealed how one call from the World Cup winner helped him decide to sign for Chelsea.
“It was a nice chat,” the 22-year-old, who has played 11 matches with the Argentina this season, said via the club website.
“I mean, the fact that a world champion was phoning you, one of the best midfielders in the world… receiving that call was very nice and he convinced me to come here.
“He said it was a great club, that there are many young players, there was a togetherness here.
“I have always enjoyed the bond in a team because I think that, if there is that bond, we can deal with any situation we may face: pressure, everything. So, that’s what motivated me to come here.
“Now, I’m enjoying playing alongside him, in training as well, in rondos. We are always together. So, I’m very happy and I’m trying to do things better every day, as Enzo said, to be a good example for everyone at the club.”
Caicedo endured a disappointing debut for Chelsea as he gave away a penalty in their 3-1 defat against West Ham.
However, even though the Blues are yet to really impress this season, he is already showing signs of living up to his £115million price-tag.
Mauricio Pochettino has handed him nine starts across the Premier League and Carabao Cup, with Fernandez and Conor Gallagher two players who regular play alongside him.
Caicedo was denied his first Chelsea goal during their thrilling 4-1 win away at Tottenham on Monday night.
His low strike from range was ruled out for an offside from Nicolas Jackson, although the Blues were then awarded a penalty after Cristian Romero fouled Fernandez just moments beforehand.