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Friday, August 13, 1999 Published at 17:51 GMT 18:51 UK

Chelsea tie up Ambrosetti deal

Gabriele Ambrosetti (front): "This is a dream come true for me"

Chelsea have completed the 3.5m signing of Italian winger Gabriele Ambrosetti from Vicenza on a five-year contract.

Ambrosetti, 26, who has one Italy under-21 cap to his name, has not been part of the Italian club's plans since their relegation to Serie B last season.

However, he impressed manager Gianluca Vialli with his performances for Vicenza in both legs of the European Cup Winners' Cup semi-final with Chelsea two seasons ago.

The Italian, who has not arrived in time to be in Chelsea's squad for their trip to Leicester on Saturday, speaks little English but did declare: "This is a dream come true for me."

The deal takes Chelsea's spending since last season to almost 17m following the captures of Chris Sutton, Didier Deschamps and Jes Hogh, although the outlay has been offset by the departures fringe players such as Michael Duberry.

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