Chelsea football club has announced the departure of Davila Ulises to Mexican side Santos Laguna on a three-year deal. The announcement which was made on Monday night was long overdue as Santos had already announced the capture of Ulises early last month. The move brings to an end the midfielder’s status as a pariah for five years in England.
Ulises joined Chelsea in August 2011 from Guadalajara on a 5 years deal after an impressive outing at the under-20 CONCACAF competition with the Mexico under-20 side. He did not get the chance to feature in a single league game for the Blues due to inability to obtain the necessary work permit, having failed to play for Mexico. A string of loan spells, which all came to nothing, ensued at Vitesse, Sabadell, Cordoba, Tenerife and Vitoria. The 24-year-old attacking midfielder is now set to return to his native land in the Liga MX. A 14-word statement released on Chelsea’s website announced that “Ulises Davila has this week joined Mexican side Santos Laguna in a permanent deal”.
The Mexican is now training with his new club and is relishing the chance to resuscitate his playing career.
“It’s great to see the interest from Santos and everyone who has given me confidence from the beginning since they sought me out. I’m eager to continue in my career, to be a major player and I think (this opportunity) comes at the perfect time. I am mature, physically fit and eager, with a strong will to compete and do important things with this club”, Ulises stated.
Santos Laguna finished a distant 15th position in a disappointing first half of the 2015/16 campaign and will be hoping to turn the corner in the second half. On a positive note though, they have qualified for the quarter finals of the CONCACAF Champions league after progressing from the group stage alongside LA Galaxy from the MLS.