Following his contract signing with English Premier League club Chelsea, Dujuan “Whisper” Richards has departed Jamaica to join the renowned football club.
Trained under the watchful eye of Graig Butler at the Phoenix Football Academy since the age of 11, Richards became a standout at Kingston College in the ISSA Schoolboy Football Tournament. The young player soon began grabbing the interest of international recruits and went on to sign a pre-contract with Chelsea earlier this year in March before finalising the deal in June.
Following a brief setback due to Richards being forced to wait until his 18th birthday to apply for a visa to make the trip to Europe, the teen has officially left the island to begin his professional football career with Chelsea.
On Tuesday, Butler, Richards’ manager, shared the news of Richards’ departure to England on Instagram, sharing videos of the player with his friends and family at the airport and as they voiced their final messages to him.
Butler expressed pride in training Richards at a young age at the Phoenix Academy as well as being the one who negotiated his historic deal with Chelsea.
He extended his thanks to Richards for his trust and for listening to him, and he encouraged the teen to now listen to Shelley Mcfarlane, a member of the Phoenix management team who will seemingly be serving as one of Richards’ intermediaries while he is in England. Butler also extended thanks to Richards’ mother, Shericka, for believing in his team.
The Mona High School head coach assured Richards that with the support of his team, he could not fail and encouraged him to keep the door open for future footballers.
“Make us all even more proud. I believe in you and remember you have a job to keep the doors open that i sent you through. So that others from Phoenix can go through. One love my boy. I can handle all else,” Butler said in his goodbye message.