Conte Moves to keep Chelsea youngster from January exit

(Last Updated On: October 25, 2017)


By James, Michael Igiri

Following an online outburst early on in the week, Chelsea Manager Antonio Conte has again shown a resolve to keep youngster Charlie Musonda, away from a January transfer by handing him a playing opportunity on Wednesday in the Quarabao Cup qualifier against Premiere league rivals, Everton.

Metro.co.uk on Tuesday reported the Italian coach was left stunned by the 21-year-old’s outburst on Instagram, where he complained at a lack of opportunities in the Chelsea first team.

‘You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what’s expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should,’ Musonda wrote on Instagram.

‘And what do you get back? Literally nothing… done.

The Belgian international had however pledged he will continue to serve the team with dedication and commitment.

It was reported that Chelsea officials were considering letting him leave on loan in January in order to allow him some more game time away from Stamford Bridge as he continues his development.

Dropping a hint on Musonda and Kennedy’s inclusion in the list for the game, Conte restated that both players are young but deserve the chance because they were working very well.

He stated that the decision to include them in the team list was born out of a need to see their actual level of improvement during a tough game against a top team like Everton.

And with his squad stretched thin, he has big plans for Musonda in the Chelsea first team for the rest of the season.

It would be recalled the Italian brought the midfielder off the bench against Crystal Palace in a shock 2-1 defeat and confirmed he will start against the Toffees.

Meanwhile, reports say Chelsea squad are beginning to turn against Antonio Conte and have reportedly blamed the manager for a number of recent injuries.