Billy Gilmour and Armando Broja react as latest Chelsea player exit confirmed

Several members of the Chelsea family sent their final farewell message to Tino Livramento as he gears up for his Southampton transfer.

It was confirmed yesterday that Livramento had joined the Saints on a five-year deal worth £5m (Guardian).

The 18-year-old had been gaining serious attention from across the Premier League and several sides in Europe after he decided not to sign a new deal with the Blues.

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Brighton & Hove Albion were seemingly in pole position to land his signature, only to be pipped at the post by their coastal comrades.

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Aston Villa, AC Milan and RB Leipzig had also feigned interest, but Southampton strode through to recruit the defender’s services.

Signing for the Premier League club ends a decade of service to the Blues, which began as a child.

Love for Livramento

Understandably, Livramento posted a heartful goodbye on his Instagram, one that earned plenty of responses from his friends and now former colleagues.

Billy Gilmour, who recently joined Norwich City on loan, wished the teenager luck on his next venture.

Current Chelsea youngsters Tino Anjorin and Armando Broja also got in on the act.

As did Jude Soonsup-Bell, a player the Stamford Bridge hierarchy do not want to relinquish just yet.

Livramento struggled to see a route through to first-team football at Chelsea, despite being named the Academy Player of the Year last season.

His pathway was obstructed by the breadth of talent down Thomas Tuchel’s right channel, mainly in the form of Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

He will likely be afforded more senior opportunities at Saint Mary’s, who are looking for a fresh start following their torrid end to 2020/21.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.