Super Eagles and Chelsea Defender, Ola Aina has finally joined Serie A side, Torino on a permanent deal.
The AFCON bound defender’s exit from, Chelsea was announced on the Club’s website.
Nigeria defender Ola Aina has joined Serie A side, Torino on a permanent deal after spending last season on loan at Torino and made a huge impression at the club prompting the Italian club to trigger a buyout option in their loan agreement.
“Everyone at Chelsea Football Club would like to thank Ola for his services and we wish him the best of luck for the next stage in his career,” a statement on Chelsea’s official website read in part, while Torino also posted a short message on their Social Media platforms expressing their delight on the permanent acquisition of Aina from Chelsea.
The 22-year-old defender made 30 league appearances as Torino finished seventh, scoring his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Udinese in February.
Regular playing time had been hard Ola Aina to come by with more experienced players like Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonzo and Emerson at Chelsea’s fold, culminating in a loan spell with Hull City penultimate season before another loan to Torino last season.
The Chelsea loanee enjoyed a cult hero among Torino fans with his performance, prompting the Serie A club clamouring to make the loan deal permanent, but doubts were cast as to if Chelsea would want to release him permanently considering a two transfer window ban hanging on the ‘neck’ of the London club.
Ola Aina would be on the plane to Egypt for the African football Championship, after technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr named him in his 23-man squad.