Chelsea will not have one youngster less in January, according to the Evening Standard, as their report claimed Antonio Conte will block any loan moves for Charly Musonda.
Simon Johnson’s report for the Standard reveals Conte will oppose any move by the club to offload the young Belgian for the remainder of the season.
The 20-year old is arguably one of the most talented players to come through Chelsea’s youth academy in recent years, but has not been given a lot of minutes so in his career with the Blues.
A loan move away from the Bridge looked to be likely in the summer transfer window, but Conte decided to keep hold of the talented young Belgian, perhaps after missing out on a number of transfer targets and being left with a thin squad.
Musonda posted a black picture on Instagram, with a caption, “You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected. And what do you get back? Literally nothing…done.”
Musonda’s social media antics do not appear to have done any lasting damage to his and Conte’s relationship, however, and he could be handed his second start of the season against Everton in the Carabao Cup fourth round.
There could be two outcomes to this development. Musonda could enjoy a good run of games under Conte to prove why the loan option was not the best for him, or the youngster could live to rue the January transfer window, as games at the latter stages of the season, as fierce as they come, could deter Conte from experimenting with inexperienced players.