The Mystery Behind Chelsea New Boy Christopher Nkunku’s Balloon Blowing Tradition
Chelsea has officially announced the signing of Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig.
Chelsea announced on Tuesday afternoon, ending months of speculation.
“Chelsea is delighted to announce Christopher Nkunku will join the club from RB Leipzig ahead of the 2023/24 season,” the club said in a statement.
“The 25-year-old, who has been capped 10 times by France, has agreed a six-year contract, which will begin on 1 July.”
Chelsea teased fans about the Nkunku surprise with a balloon emoji before to the announcement.
The ballon is there because the Frenchman celebrated one of his goals by inflating a balloon he drew from his sock. Nkunku initially performed such celebration in November, during a 4-0 Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk.
Many fans were curious as to why Nkunku chose to celebrate by blowing up a balloon.
“The balloon was for my son,” Nkunku responded. He enjoys balloons.”
The Frenchman has subsequently repeated the celebration, notably on his final appearance for Leipzig, when he scored in the DFB-Pokal final.
@rbleipzig 📸 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑵𝒌𝒖𝒏𝒌𝒖 𝒄𝒆𝒍𝒆𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 🎈 #Nkunku #Football #Soccer ♬ original sound – ronnie hull
“I am incredibly happy to be joining Chelsea,” the 25-year-old told the club’s official website upon his arrival.A lot of work was put in to bring me to the club, and I am excited to meet my new coach and teammates, as well as show the Chelsea fans what I can do on the field.”
“A big effort was made to bring me to the club and I am looking forward to meeting my new coach and teammates and showing the Chelsea supporters what I can do on the pitch.”
“Christopher has proven himself one of the standout attacking players in European football over the past two seasons and will add quality, creativity, and versatility to our squad,” said the club’s co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley.
“He has demonstrated his ability at the highest level with RB Leipzig and France, and we are looking forward to him joining up with his new teammates ahead of the new season.”