Former England U-17 defender Marcel Lavinier has joined Tottenham Hotspur following his release from Chelsea.

The versatile defender grew up close to Stamford Bridge and signed for Chelsea as an Under-8 through the club’s development centre programme.

The 19-year-old was part of the quadruple-winning Chelsea U-18 side in 2017/18, making 25 appearances during the campaign.

He signed his first professional contract, a two-year deal with the Blues July 2018.

In January 2019, Lavinier made his debut for the development squad (Chelsea U-23) and helped take them to the PL2 glory.

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His contract expired this summer, but the club made the decision not to extend his contract.

The defender convinced Chelsea’s London rivals Tottenham Hotspur to offer him a contract with his trial displays in Spurs’ PL2 games against Arsenal and Southampton.

Lavinier went to Instagram to bid his farewell to the Blues and announced the new chapter of his career with the North London side.

“This isn’t easy for me to say as this is the only club I’ve known for the past 12 years of my career,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I want to thank all the staff and coaches at Chelsea FC for their help and developing me into the player I am today.

“You’ll always have a place in my heart.”

He confirmed his decision to join Spurs with another post, saying: “Delighted to have signed for Tottenham Hotspur in the next step of my career.”

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