Roma boss Jose Mourinho is eyeing a move for former Chelsea wonderkid Charly Musonda this summer.
The 25 years old Belgian whose contract ends June 2022 arrived at Chelsea at the age of 15 from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 and endured loan spells with Real Betis and Celtic before suffering his injury with Vitesse.
After suffering a catastrophic Cruciate ligament injury in 2019, the 25-year-playing old’s career was assumed to be over, but he has since returned to play for the Blues’ junior squad on an irregular basis,Musonda has appeared in two Premier League 2 games for Chelsea’s Under-23s this season.
According to Goal.com, Jose Mourinho’s Roma are facing tough competition from Hellas Verona and Real Betis in an attempt to secure the 25 year old Belgian signature on a free transfer.
He told The Beautiful Game Podcast that leaving at the end of the season was “never my decision.”
‘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,’ Musonda said.
‘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 spoke with Petr Cech and he basically explained to me that the contract is what it is. There’s one year left and the club won’t let you go on loan if you don’t sign an extension.
‘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. 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].’