On deadline day during the January transfer window, Chelsea secured the signature of the Argentine player from Benfica, breaking both the club and British transfer record with a fee of £106.8 million.
The midfielder has now disclosed feeling nervous as he was about to secure a transfer to the Premier League.
Fernandez said, speaking to The Times: “It was a stressful time. The nerves were kicking in as the final hours approached. It was all about me trying to keep calm and focusing on my football. I was training and playing when I could but it did get a bit hectic towards the end as the hours ticked by.
He also insisted he never missed any training sessions at Benfica during the transfer saga despite speculation to the contrary.
I know for a fact that I didn’t miss any training sessions. I know all the negotiations were conducted between the clubs. I just got on with it, kept my head down and kept going to training.
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