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The special moment which has made Enzo Fernandez fall in love and feel at home at Chelsea



IMAGO / Sebastian Frej

Enzo Fernandez feels more connected to Chelsea after his heartwarming interaction with a supporter after their Round of 16 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund.

The 22-year-old signed from Benfica for £106.8 million in January, a club-record and British record fee, and has settled in quickly to life at Chelsea, which has seen him finalise to move into a new house this week after the switch from Portugal.

He told Tyc Sports earlier this week: “I’ve adapted well, in a few days I’m moving to a house. The city is beautiful, I like it a lot, I’m very happy. Premier League is crazy, I’m living a dream, enjoying it with a lot of responsibility.”

Fernandez has quickly become a fans’ favourite and impressed once again as Chelsea progressed into the Champions League quarter-finals with 2-1 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund after beating the German side 2-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night in the second leg.

“Special night. This is Chelsea. This is Stamford Bridge. Quarter finals (soon),” wrote the Argentine on Instagram post-match.

As celebrations began on the pitch in west London, a fan ran onto the pitch towards Fernandez, who quickly embraced the youngster.

After being met by stewards, Fernandez handed his match-worn shirt to the young child before he was escorted off the pitch.

The midfielder was asked about the interaction and he believes it deepened his connection with Chelsea after his dream move to England and the Premier League.

As quoted by Adam Newson, he said: “It touched my heart when the boy ran out to come and see me.

“It was such a special moment because he wanted to see me and he gave me a quick hug. It made me feel even more connected with the fans. I love getting to know the fans and the trust that they have in me is incredible. I feel at home.”

Chelsea will want to back up their wins over Leeds and Dortmund on Saturday when they travel to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City.

Fernandez hopes this can be the start for Chelsea, who are now buoyed on with confidence, as they look to climb back up the Premier League table.

He added: “We are going to be staying on this path and we hope things carry on improving. It was a great plan from our coaches for the game (against Dortmund).

“We had trust that the team could do it. We had more people running in behind and many people working at the back. We just had to do our jobs and follow that game plan.

“When we play at home, it helps the confidence of the group. We played really well and we believe in the path that we are working on.

“I am really happy here and I am getting to know my teammates better. I am feeling more confident. We all are after our second win. We hope that we can be the champions again.”