Current Chelsea Player Offers To Play For Free To Stay

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Chelsea’s Charly Musonda has revealed that he has told Chelsea he’ll play for free in order to remain with the club.

Musonda was once viewed as a wonderkid and tipped for greatness, but the 25-year-old’s last four years in the game have been ravaged by injury with loan spells to Celtic and Vitesse seeing him play four games apiece before returning to Stamford Bridge.

The former Belgian under 21 star opened up about breaking down in tears after a phone call with Cech where he realised his Chelsea career may be over. Speaking with The Beautiful Game Podcast, Musonda opened up about his impending Chelsea departure.

“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.”

“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.”

Musonda said he realised his time was up after a call with Petr Cech, but that he offered to play for free in order to try prove himself.

“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. However, he did return to action in a Chelsea shirt to take on Liverpool in a Premier League 2 match in September and again in October against Blackburn.

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.

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