Lesley Chimuanya Ugochukwu (// ; born 26 March 2004) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Chelsea.[3]

Lesley Ugochukwu
Ugochukwu warming up for Chelsea in 2023
Personal information
Full name Lesley Chimuanya Ugochukwu[1]
Date of birth (2004-03-26) 26 March 2004 (age 20)
Place of birth Rennes, France[1]
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)[2]
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Chelsea
Number 16
Youth career
2010–2011 ASPTT Rennes
2011–2012 CPB Nord-Ouest [fr]
2012–2021 Rennes
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2020 Rennes II 5 (0)
2021–2023 Rennes 47 (1)
2023– Chelsea 12 (0)
International career
2021–2022 France U18 9 (1)
2022–2023 France U19 9 (2)
2023– France U21 5 (0)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:45, 19 May 2024 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 23:28, 17 November 2023 (UTC)

Career

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Rennes

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Ugochukwu made his professional debut for Rennes on 25 April 2021, replacing Steven Nzonzi in a 5–1 Ligue 1 win against Dijon.[4]

Chelsea

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On 1 August 2023, Ugochukwu signed for Chelsea on a seven-year contract, with a club option for an additional year.[5] On 13 August, he made his debut for the club, coming on as a substitute, in a 1–1 draw against Liverpool in the Premier League.[6]

Personal life

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Born in France, Lesley Ugochukwu is of Igbo Nigerian descent and holds dual nationality.[7][8] Ugochukwu is the nephew of former Rennes and Nigeria centre-back Onyekachi Apam.[9]

Career statistics

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Club

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As of match played 19 May 2024
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National cup[a] League cup[b] Europe Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Rennes B 2020–21 Championnat National 3 5 0 5 0
Rennes 2020–21 Ligue 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
2021–22 Ligue 1 18 1 0 0 4[c] 0 22 1
2022–23 Ligue 1 26 0 2 0 7[d] 0 35 0
Total 47 1 2 0 11 0 60 1
Chelsea 2023–24 Premier League 12 0 0 0 3 0 15 0
Career total 64 1 2 0 3 0 11 0 80 1
  1. ^ Includes Coupe de France, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa Conference League
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

References

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  1. ^ a b "Lesley Ugochukwu". Global Sports Archive. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  2. ^ "Lesley Ugochukwu". Chelsea FC. Retrieved 23 September 2023.
  3. ^ Lesley Ugochukwu at Soccerway. Retrieved 25 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Résultat et résumé Rennes – Dijon, Ligue 1 Uber Eats, 34e journée, Dimanche 25 Avril 2021". L'Équipe (in French). Archived from the original on 6 August 2022. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Ugochukwu becomes a Blue". www.chelseafc.com. Retrieved 1 August 2023.
  6. ^ "Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool: Mauricio Pochettino's side fight back to draw his first Premier League game in charge". 13 August 2023. Retrieved 14 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Rohr Identifies 16 Year Old Rennes Midfielder Lesley Ugochukwu As Alternative To Ndidi". 8 September 2020.
  8. ^ "Lesley UGOCHUKWU". unfp.org. Retrieved 11 September 2023.
  9. ^ Christenson, Marcus (7 October 2021). "Next Generation 2021: 60 of the best young talents in world football". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 6 February 2023. Retrieved 6 February 2023.
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