Tammy Abraham said that playing for Chelsea was something he ‘always dreamed about as a kid’ as the striker posted an emotional farewell message to the Blues after joining Roma.
Having joined Chelsea’s academy ranks way back in 2004, Abraham scored 30 goals during two years as his boyhood club’s number nine. But the 23-year-old’s future became uncertain midway through last season and his fate was sealed by the £97.5m return of Romelu Lukaku.
He has now made the £34m switch to Roma, where boss Jose Mourinho has already praised the player’s ambition to prove himself in a new environment.
Chelsea has been part of Abraham’s life for 17 years and a video montage he posted to social media has underlined just how much the club means to him.
“Something I’ve always dreamed about as a kid, you know, going to Stamford Bridge and watching the games as a little boy,” were the words from Abraham’s mouth as Adele’s single Hometown Glory began playing, enough to make the hairs on your neck stand up.
“It’s always a dream for them to sing your name and actually be out there,” the player continued as highlights from his Chelsea career played out.
In the caption posted alongside the video, Abraham continued, “It’s time to say goodbye to a club that means so much to me and my family. From playing at the academy as a young kid from Peckham to winning the Champions League all those years later…
“I want to say thank you to my teammates, The Academy, all of the staff and of course, the Chelsea fans who have always supported me.
“Wouldn’t be who I am today without you guys. Bring more trophies home boys!”