Ivory Coast forward Fofana completes Chelsea move

FILE - Molde's David Datro Fofana celebrates scoring his side's third goal to make the score 3-3 during the Europa League round of 32 first leg soccer match between Molde and 1899 Hoffenheim at the Ceramica stadium in Villarreal, Spain, February 18, 2021. Chelsea has agreed to sign striker David Datro Fofana from Norwegian club Molde. The 20-year-old Ivory Coast international will join Chelsea on New Year's Day, the Premier League club confirmed Wednesday December 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz, File)

LONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) -- Chelsea announced on Saturday they had completed the signing of Ivory Coast forward David Datro Fofana on a six-and-a-half year deal from Norwegian champions Molde.

The Blues confirmed the 20-year-old has signed a contract at Stamford Bridge until 2029, with the option of a further year. The fee is believed to be between £8 million ($9.6 million) and £10 million.

Fofana described Chelsea as "the club of my dreams" in a short message on the club's website.

"Hello dear fans," he said. "I'm here, I've arrived well and I'm very happy to sign for the club of my dreams. I'll see you soon on the pitch."

The forward, who recently made his first start for Ivory Coast, scored 24 goals and registered 10 assists in 65 games for Molde.

Chelsea, who are 10th in the Premier League, have also signed France defender Benoit Badiashile from Monaco for a reported fee of just under 40 million euros ($42 million) during the January transfer window.