Southampton have completed the signing of teenage Chelsea full-back Tino Livramento, who has signed a five-year contract at St Mary’s.
Livramento, who was named on Chelsea’s bench for two Premier League games towards the end of last season, had earlier confirmed his decision to leave the Blues is in order to take the ‘next big step’ in his career and further his development.
“I’ve been discussing with my dad about what we thought was best for my future. We felt like this was the right time for it to happen and for me to move on,” the 18-year-old said once his move to the south coast was made official.
“To have interest from a few top clubs, to choose Southampton was sort of a no-brainer. They are a solid Premier League club and the manager was quite a big factor as to why I wanted to come here and why I wanted to play for Southampton.”
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl commented: “I am very pleased we have been able to secure Tino’s signing. He is one of the best young players in his position in the country and there were a lot of clubs who were interested in signing him, but finally he chose to join us.
“I think he has made a very good choice, and this will be an excellent place for him to continue his development and hopefully reach his full potential.
“He is very much in line with the profile of player we want and I think he will adapt very well to our system and methods. To be around the first team of Chelsea at his age speaks about his ability.”
Livramento will wear Southampton’s number 21 shirt and provide competition and cover for Kyle Walker-Peters, who was until now the only recognised right-back in the first-team squad.