Lucas Piazon will return to Chelsea this summer after two consecutive seasons at Fulham, after helping the team earn promotion to the Premier League with victory in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.
The 24-year-old hasn’t really been given many first team opportunities at Chelsea, and has been out on series of loan spells every season for the past five years, with previous spells at Reading, Malaga, Vitesse Arnhem and Eintract Frankfurt. However, he has a good rating for the club’s loan system.
When asked about whether he thought the loan system at Chelsea helps young players, Piazon said: “I think it is getting better now. Ruben [Loftus-Cheek] is a great example. He is going to the World Cup and he was on loan at Palace.
“A lot of players did well on their loans and they got a move or are back in the Chelsea first-team.
“The boys are understanding better what a loan is and what you have to do well to develop for the Chelsea first-team or for another team.
“The system is improving and our understanding of the system is also improving. It is working better now.
“The contact they have with us now is more consistent as well. A few years ago the contact was every once in a while, now it is much more. We feel a little closer to the club.”
Piazon who scored six goals in 25 appearances for Fulham this season, will return to his parent club but has not ruled out a third stint at Craven Cottage.
Asked if he had discussed a return to the club, Piazon said: “Not yet. We spoke briefly after the game [play-off final]. Everyone was so excited and the chats were not properly serious.
“We have got time. Last year it was the same, we didn’t speak much at the end of the season and I ended up coming back. Let’s just see what happens.”