Charly Musonda reveals he offered to play for FREE to salvage his injury-ravaged Chelsea career… with outcast midfielder set to leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer once his contract expires in June
- Charly Musonda has missed 164 Chelsea games due to knee injuries at the club
- The Belgian however was hopeful of a return after taking part in pre-season
- But the 25-year-old held talks with Petr Cech and was then left out of a friendly
- Musonda insists he told Thomas Tuchel he would play for free this season
Chelsea outcast Charly Musonda insists he offered to play for free this season in a desperate bid to save his career at the club.
The Belgian – who joined the club as a junior in 2012 before becoming part of the senior setup four years later – is believed to have suffered four serious knee injuries which Transfermarkt claim has seen him miss 164 Blues games.
But the 25-year-old appeared to put those injury woes behind him when he was included in the first-team picture in pre-season training, only to then be left out of the side for a friendly against Weymouth.
Chelsea outcast Charly Musonda insists he offered to play for free this season for the club
The Belgian will leave on a free at the end of the season following an injury-ravaged spell
His omission came after the west London club proposed halving his wages to split the final year of his contract into two, allowing him to spend the first part of it out on loan.
It was after his omission against Weymouth however that Musonda returned to speak to technical director Petr Cech and boss Thomas Tuchel, insisting they would not have to pay him this year providing he could fulfil his ‘ambition’ of playing for the club.
Musonda – who admitted he broke down in tears after he realised his Chelsea career was over following a phone call with Cech – told The Beautiful Game Podcast: ‘It definitely wasn’t my decision [to leave at the end of the season].
‘My ambition was always to play for Chelsea, and I always said I was either going to leave because I wasn’t good enough or if I was told I have to go.
He was hopeful of playing this season after featuring in pre-season training for the Blues
‘Obviously having been out for the last two or three years it was a bit difficult with my injury. I did everything I could, I worked as hard as I could… to just be fit, to be able to be a part of the first team in pre-season, which was something I did and I was very happy about it.
‘I was very optimistic that I was going to be able to train with the first team and be back in the team and then build up my fitness.
‘I spoke with Petr Cech and he basically explained to me that the contract, it is what it is and there’s one year left and the club won’t let you go on loan if you don’t sign the contract’ he continued.
‘My initial talk was… simply saying listen, I appreciate the contract, I see where the club is coming from, my initial thinking would be to stay here and be with the team.
But following talks with Petr Cech and after being left out of a friendly, he realised his time was up
‘I don’t really care as long as I can show what I can do here, because I came to Chelsea to try and play here.
‘I spoke to the manager and… said I would play here for free and it’s not the question of the contract, so I was disappointed I didn’t play against Weymouth. ‘[I explained] I will literally play for free this year and if I’m doing well then next year we can talk about [an extension].
‘It’s not about the money… it’s either I’m good enough to play for Chelsea or I’m not good enough to play for Chelsea.’
Musonda is currently training with Chelsea’s U23s, having been left out of Tuchel’s Premier League and Champions League squads.
Musonda insists he told boss Thomas Tuchel that he would play without the club paying him
He made his return in a Blues shirt – after successive loans at Real Betis, Celtic and Vitesse followed by a year of injury hell – in a Premier League 2 match against Liverpool in September.
He then played a second Premier League 2 match against Blackburn in October but has not figured in the U23s squad since.
Musonda has made just seven first-team appearances for the Blues, and scored his only goal in an EFL Cup tie against Nottingham Forest in September 2017.
Musonda has only made seven first-team Blues appearances and has scored just once for them
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