Chelsea sign young goalkeeper Slonina | News | Official site


American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina has made a permanent transfer to Chelsea.

The 18-year-old has signed a six-year contract with the Blues, joining us from MLS side Chicago Fire where he will return on loan to complete their season before moving to west London at the start of 2023.

Considered one of his native country’s most promising talents, Slonina became Chicago’s youngest signing when he signed a professional contract with the club in 2019, aged just 14. He is also the youngest goalkeeper to start an MLS game, having made his debut for the Fire. at the age of 17 years and 81 days in August 2021.

This historic introduction to senior football also brought the first of his 13 clean sheets in MLS, as he helped secure a 0-0 draw against New York. The teenager has since become a regular at the Chicago Fire, playing every minute of their 2022 championship campaign so far. He made 34 appearances for the club in total.

Slonina has also represented the United States at several junior levels and received his first senior international call-up in December, being named on the bench for the United States’ 1-0 friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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