Elye Wahi on failed Chelsea move: “I didn’t want to go there just for the sake of it.”

Speaking to L’ÉquipeRC Lens forward Elye Wahi (20) spoke about failed moves to Chelsea and Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this summer. 

Wahi was linked with a departure from Montpellier HSC throughout the summer. He had been most heavily linked with a move to Chelsea, however, a move never took form. Towards the end of the window, it was even reported by Foot Mercato that the France U21 international favoured a move to Premier League rivals West Ham United over the Stamford Bridge club after having been left unconvinced by Chelsea’s project. 

The now former Montpellier forward was also heavily linked with a move to Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt, however, that move was seemingly contingent upon Randal Kolo Muani’s departure, which was only realised on the final day of the transfer window. Ultimately, Wahi joined Lens towards the end of the transfer window for a reported €30m fee. 

Wahi has now spoken about Chelsea’s and Frankfurt’s interest. “Chelsea – I didn’t want to go there just for the sake of it. Frankfurt was close, more so than Chelsea. I spoke with the manager there (Dino Toppmöller). He speaks French and that was important for me. They had to wait for Randal Kolo Muani’s departure and waiting for it was too complicated. I don’t have any regrets,” said the Lens forward. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle



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