Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has wished Tammy Abraham a ‘long and successful career’ following his €40 million (£34m) move to Roma, writes the Metro.
The striker officially completed his switch to the Serie A club on Tuesday after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms the previous day.
Abraham failed to secure a regular role in the team after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as manager in January.
But Chelsea’s director has highlighted the 23-year-old’s 12-goal contribution last season as the club won the Champions League.
‘Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own,’ said Granovskaia.
‘We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level.
‘His many goals in a Chelsea shirt and, of course, his part in our Champions League triumph last season will never be forgotten.
‘I’m sure all Chelsea supporters will join me in wishing Tammy a long and successful career.’
Abraham had also attracted interest from Arsenal, West Ham and Aston Villa but the striker has revealed that Roma pushed hard to convince him to move to Italy.
‘You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately,’ said Abraham.
‘Roma is a club that deserves to be fighting for titles and trophies.
‘I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.
‘It’s a massive honour to be the No. 9 at this club and I just can’t wait to get started and to help the team.’
Chelsea have also included a buyback clause in their deal with Roma which would enable them to re-sign Abraham for €80m (£68m) from June 2023.