Musonda loan move mooted by Chelsea

Chelsea will consider sending Belgium Under-21 international Charly Musonda out on loan in January.

 

Musonda appeared to criticise the club on social media earlier this week about a lack of first-team football.

While the 20-year-old midfielder told club officials that Chelsea were not the intended target for his comments, he has been reprimanded.

Musonda has started just one game this season, where he impressed during the 5-1 win over Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup last month.

He is likely to feature in the fourth round against Everton later this month, but the attacking midfielder is not considered ready to play in the first team on a regular basis, especially with Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian ahead of him in the pecking order.

Chelsea wanted to loan the Academy graduate in the summer, but he insisted on staying to fight for a place.

The Blues believe Musonda has great potential and are planning to offer him a new contract.

But the club see the development of defender Andreas Christensen as the perfect example of how the youngster can improve while playing elsewhere.

Christensen spent two years on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach, making 80 appearances.

The Denmark international was recalled by Chelsea this summer and has now played nine times for the senior side.

Musonda was sent on loan to Real Betis for the second half of the 2015-16 season and was then supposed to play the whole of the last campaign there.

However, after making a total of 24 appearances, the agreement was cut short in January and he has remained at Chelsea ever since.

Barring injury to other personnel, Chelsea are likely to look for another side for him to move to in the new year and probably the following season too.

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