Chelsea have announced that Victor Moses has signed a new contract with the Blues, extending his current contract to 2021.
His previous contract was due to expire in two seasons time, but his performances under Antonio Conte this season has seen the feel-good story of Victor Moses go on even further, as it is reported he’ll now be earning upwards of £75,000 per week.
A quiet man off the pitch and a giant on it, Antonio Conte has seemed to get the very best out of the Nigerian international – and he is now an automatic starter in his table topping side. Despite joining the west London club in 2012, this season has been his breakthrough year in SW6. He signed from Wigan at the age of 21 for a fee of £9.8million, but mostly featured in cup competitions, playing second string to the likes of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar. A regular in Chelsea’s Europa League starting eleven, he was disappointingly dropped by then-manager Rafa Benitez for the final against Benfica in 2013.
Following his first season at the club, in came Jose Mourinho and he became one of the many players in Chelsea’s books to go on his own loan journey. First Liverpool, then Stoke City and finally West Ham, but he failed to knuckle down a starting place at any of those sides.
Since the appointment of Antonio Conte however, it has only gone up for Moses. Fellow team mate Pedro described Victor Moses as Chelsea’s “best” and “most complete” player a few months ago, with Conte labelling him as “fantastic” in a press conference last week. Former team mate at West Ham, Mark Noble, also said last season that “you cannot stop” him on his day. After impressing in pre season, Moses slotted into the Chelsea side following Conte’s formation change to a 3-4-3, and has been one of the biggest success stories of the season.
His position shifted from an attacking right winger to an up and down right wing back, but he has for sure made the position his own. He had never played in the position before, but he impressed in the 2-0 victory away to Hull City. He cemented his name on the team sheet since then, and was named the PFA Fan’s Premier League Player of the Month in November. Moses told the Evening Standard he’d “never dreamed of playing in this position in my life, but I’m enjoying it and I think it’s probably one of the best positions to be honest”.
Moses’s can-do attitude has won over his manager as well as board members at the club, and was well deserved of his new contract. A statement made by Michael Emenalo, the technical director at Chelsea, was as follows;
“We are extremely pleased Victor has chosen to extend his contract with us. He is enjoying an excellent season and, under Antonio’s leadership, has proved to be an important member of the squad. This new contract is testament to Victor’s hard work and dedication to succeed at Chelsea and we believe he will be a big part of our future success.”