Chelsea’s Mason Mount, amongst others, have wished close friend Tammy Abraham all the best for the future after his Roma move was confirmed on Tuesday.
Abraham, 23, has signed a five-year contract at the Stadio Olimpico, as Marina Granovskaia secures a £30million transfer windfall to potentially help fund further incoming business before August 31.
Chelsea have included a buy-back option in the deal set at £68million which does not become active until the summer of 2023.
He has already been pictured participating in his first set of training sessions in Italy on Tuesday afternoon, as Abraham prepares to potentially make his debut in the Europa Conference League against Trabzonspor.
“You can sense when a club really wants you – and Roma made their interest clear immediately,” Abraham told the club’s website.
“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 fans have already wished their academy product all the best in his new adventure abroad as have several first-team players, and Abraham himself has responded on Instagram with a touching farewell message.
“It’s time to say goodbye to a club that means so much to me and my family,” Abraham said. “From playing at the academy as a young kid from Peckham to winning the Champions League all those years later.
“I want to say thank you to my teammates, the Academy, all of the staff and of course, the Chelsea fans who have always supported me. Wouldn’t be who I am today without you guys.
“Bring more trophies home boys! Love you all, TA9 out.”
One of Abraham’s closest mates, Mount, has joined Reece James and Callum Hudson-Odoi in wishing the striker all the best in the Italian capital ahead of the new 2021/22 campaign.
Underneath Fikayo Tomori’s fitting tribute to the Blues academy graduate, the attacking midfielder posted his eight-word message to his fellow Englishmen.
Mount commented: “Emotional… So proud of you! Good luck brother” followed by a blue heart.
The two’s ever-growing friendship started in their Cobham days as young boys who both had a dream of donning that famous blue jersey on the Stamford Bridge pitch.
And it was none other than Chelsea legend Frank Lampard who gave the duo their first chance under the spotlight of the first team.
This was partly down to the transfer ban that was imposed on the west Londoners, but nonetheless, both played crucial parts in helping Chelsea scrape top four on the last day of the 2019/20 season.
Both players combined between them made a total of 100 appearances in their first season under Lampard, providing 38 goal contributions in all competitions across that specific season, showcasing the importance that the Blues academy products have had in the clubs’ recent successes.
And who knows, we may see a reunion in the future with Granvoskaia leaving the door opening for Abraham to potentially follow in Romelu Lukaku’s footsteps by returning to west London.
“Tammy will always be welcomed back at Stamford Bridge as one of our own,” she told the club’s website.