Chelsea teen Kendry Paez visits nightclub as Ecuador issue statement | Football

Kendry Paez will link up with Chelsea once he turns 18 (Picture: Getty)

Ecuador have issued a statement after Chelsea’s 16-year-old star Kendry Paez was allegedly spotted partying in a nightclub one day before their match against Italy.

The South Americans lost 2-0 to their European opponents in an international friendly which took place at the Red Bull Arena in New Jersey this weekend.

Ecuadorian media have reported that Paez, along with three teammates – Robert Arboleda, Piero Hincapie and Gonzalo Plata – partied in a club the night before being involved in the squad for the clash against the Italians.

A video has gone viral on social media which shows the four players at the club, with one of them showing off a bundle of cash and throwing it at a female dancer.

The Ecuadorian FA have now responded to the clip as they posted a statement on X, formerly known as Twitter, suggesting their actions may impact future call-ups.

‘Images of events contrary to the values and principles that we [FEF] defend as an institution have been disseminated, with which will be a reason for analysis of future call-ups,’ the statement read.

Paez is set to officially move to Chelsea from Independiente del Valle in the summer of 2025 – after his 18th birthday – which the club confirmed in July 2023.

Paez was lauded by Chelsea star and fellow Ecuadorian Moises Caicedo last year, who feels the teenager has a massive future ahead of him.

‘He’s a crack!’ Caicedo said. ‘The truth is there are times where I watch Independiente games, it’s good to see those talents in Ecuador because we know we have very good youth.

‘I’m very happy for him, for everything that he’s doing. All I can tell him is keep on the right track, doing things really well, and he’s going to go really far because the talent he has is incredible.’

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Chelsea star Moises Caicedo is a huge fan of Kendry Paez (Picture: Getty)

Paez, meanwhile, speaking about his upcoming switch to west London, said: ‘It will be something special to share things with players like Enzo Fernandez, with other special ones.

‘It’s wonderful, but now I’m focused on Independiente del Valle. I know it goes by quickly and I’ll keep doing my thing here.

‘I’m Kendry, I’m going to give the name to Ecuador. I’m going to continue being me, I don’t want to be compared to [Lionel] Messi. He’s very special, he’s the best. I’m 16-years-old, they cannot compare me with him, because I’m in a process.’


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