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.
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.”
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.