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‘Boehly thinks it’s baseball’ as Chelsea sign star on seven-and-a-half year deal

Rival fans have claimed "Todd Boehly thinks it's baseball" after Chelsea's latest signing penned a seven-and-a-half year deal with the club.

The Blues confirmed the signing of 21-year-old defender Benoit Badiashile on Thursday, with the Frenchman arriving from Monaco for a fee believed to be in the region of £35million. However, it is the length of his contract and not the transfer fee which has caught the attention, with Badiashile penning a deal through until the summer of 2030.

Following the announcement of his arrival, rival fans could not help but think Chelsea chairman Boehly still thought he was in charge of a baseball team.

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The American businessman has a 20% stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball franchise, with player contracts in the sport often spanning more than a decade.

One rival supporter tweeted: “Todd Boehly thinks he's running a baseball team still.” Another joked: “Boehly thinks this is baseball.” A third added: “Badiashile’s signed a seven-and-a-half(!) year contract, got to question the fella’s ambition.”

Chelsea fans were also unconvinced, with one commenting: “Seven and a half year contract? We’re gonna be f***ed when he turns out s*** and then we’re stuck with him.”

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Another fumed: "Who is negotiating these contracts!? I thought the recent spate of 6 year deals were mad. We’ve just signed this bloke on a 7.5 year contract! SEVEN AND A HALF YEARS. What happens if he’s s***?”

The signing also provoked this angry reaction: “SEVEN AND A HALF YEAR CONTRACT FOR BADIASHILE WHATTTTT!” Meanwhile, one other fan simply wrote: “7.5 years, wtf is this.”

Badiashile had previously been linked with both Newcastle United and Manchester United before his move to Stamford Bridge and has already made 135 first team appearances for Monaco.

A French under-21 international, he also has two caps with the senior team to his name but was not included in the squad for the World Cup.

Despite being tied down to a seven-and-a-half year deal, Badiashile was pleased to join Chelsea, telling the club website: “I’m very happy to be here at Chelsea. I’m so excited to start playing for this club. I can’t wait to see the fans and start playing in the best league in the world.”

Meanwhile, Boehly and co-owner Behdad Eghbali said: “We're delighted to welcome Benoit to Chelsea. He's an excellent young player who has quickly established a strong reputation for himself and has a huge amount of experience for his young age. We are sure he will form an important part of our team in the years ahead.”

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