The 21-year-old who was loaned out to Championship side Hull City last season has been told he is not part of Maurizio Sarri’s plan for the new season despite playing a part in the pre-season preparations.
Super Eagles defender joins Torino on loan from Chelsea
Ola Aina has been loaned out by Chelsea to Torino for the 2018/19 season.
The Nigerian defender who missed out of the Super Eagles squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup reportedly had several offers from English club sides with Championship side Derby and West Bromwich Albion involved, while European side Villarreal,PSV Eindhoven, and Frosinone were also interested.
The youngster flew into Italy on Monday, August 13 for his medical with the Italian side and was seen at the Stadio Olimpico Grande according to according to Sky Sports Italia.
Sarri is counting upon Cesar Azpilicueta and Davide Zappacosta in the fullback position for the new season.
Aina who represented England at several youth levels is expected to suit Walter Mazzarri’s 3-5-2 formation at Torino as he can be part of the central defence or on either flank.
Torino welcomed him through a message on their official websiste with a message from the president which said, "For our staff that already includes external quality and reliability we looked for a prospect like Ola Aina: a side physically strong, fast and resistant, able to effectively disengage on both sides. Raised in the Chelsea nursery, with which he also gained important international experience before debuting in the first team and participating in the championship victory in 2017.
"Aina is an ambitious young man who in Turin will be able to further improve his technical-tactical qualities. In the name of the whole company, I am pleased to welcome him with great cordiality. Welcome to the grenade, Always Forza Toro! "
Aina also revealed that he is delighted to have completed the switch from Chelsea, He said, "Turin has been following me for some time, I hope to do well; I know this is a company that believes in young people and this is very important. In Italy I know that I can learn a lot, especially in the ability to be in the field, because the tactics and organization of play are essential.
"I really want to experience this new experience to the full, thanks to all the Taurus for choosing me: now it's my turn, I can not wait to get started."
He will hope to have a successful loan spell and return to Stamford Bridge with his brother at the end of the season.
He could make his debut when Torino host A.S Roma in their season opener on Sunday, August 19.