New Chelsea Player: Caicedo first interview with the Blues

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In his inaugural interview following his acquisition by Chelsea, Moises Caicedo reflects on the realization of a dream come true, articulates his aspirations within the club, and delves into the influence of his humble origins on his character.

Moises Caicedo’s association with Chelsea traces back to his adolescent years. Born in Santo Domingo, nestled in the Andes foothills of northern Ecuador, Caicedo’s acquaintance with Claude Makelele began. A precocious central midfielder, Caicedo meticulously scrutinized online compilation videos of Makelele, meticulously absorbing the nuances of his positional finesse and ball retrieval proficiency. Subsequently, another role model, N’Golo Kante, entered the Chelsea ranks. When asked about his 18th birthday wish, Caicedo expressed a desire for a Kante jersey bearing both his name and the revered midfielder’s. The gift duly arrived, and in due course, so did his own Chelsea jersey. Thus, it’s hardly surprising that, akin to Willian a decade ago, Caicedo has seen the proverbial light.

On his inaugural day at Cobham, the 21-year-old states, “‘Makelele and Kante were an inspiration to me. They were so humble on the pitch. I think I can say we share similar qualities, but they were better. But now I am going to give everything for this club because they did so much for me. When I was a kid, I supported Chelsea and used to watch the games. Now it is amazing to be here. It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I can’t wait to start with the guys, to give my best and to write my own story.'”

Like any devoted Chelsea supporter, Caicedo keenly observed the inaugural Premier League match of the newly formed team under new management.

“‘I watched the game at the hotel, and I supported the players from there,’ he states. ‘The team was so good. I enjoyed it a lot. The new Chelsea players did really well. I wanted to be on the pitch with them! I like the style of football, it’s good for me. I am sure I am going to adapt very quickly. I don’t hope, I am sure we are going to win a lot of titles with this amazing club, to put Chelsea where they deserve to be.'”

Caicedo further confirms his insightful conversation with Mauricio Pochettino in their shared Spanish tongue, and he anticipates engaging with the head coach and his newfound teammates at Cobham in the upcoming days.

While training today at the grounds, the focus naturally gravitated towards Caicedo. Basking in the embrace of his new environment and the fulfillment of a childhood aspiration, he was joined by his mother, his girlfriend, and the now well-known recreated image that captures the essence of his journey.

As the youngest among 10 siblings, Caicedo’s maturity is evident despite his youthful age of 21. When inquired about his off-field priorities and the significance of this transition to Chelsea within his cherished homeland, Caicedo responds with impressive sagacity and pride.

“‘My family is the most important thing,’ he emphasizes. ‘They are everything for me. It is amazing to share this moment with my Mum and my girlfriend. I am even happier to be here with them. They are there for me in bad moments, and that’s why in the good moments I like to be with them. They have always supported me in every step. That’s amazing for me. They are always on my mind, even in every training session and every game. I’m a humble guy who always wants the best for his family.'”

“‘I also know there are a lot of kids in Ecuador behind me,’ Caicedo adds. ‘I have to be an example for them. I want to represent my country in the best way I can. The people there support me. They wear my shirt. They are an inspiration as well to keep working hard.'”

From his childhood adoration of Chelsea to his admiration for midfield stalwarts, his fervor to make his family proud, and an awareness of his stature in Ecuador, Caicedo exudes a palpable hunger for triumph at Stamford Bridge. For loyal Blues enthusiasts, an enthralling trajectory awaits as they witness the journey of this luminous sporting talent. It’s a journey that holds the promise of a remarkable voyage ahead.

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