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Chelsea youngster Charly Musonda left the club during the summer transfer window to join Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the entire 2019/20 season.
The past footballing year has been a tough one for Musonda. After a failed loan spell at Real Betis (which started with a promising first six months) and then an even poorer loan at Celtic, the worst was yet to follow. Just a few days after arriving at Vitesse last year, after spending pre-season with Chelsea, Musonda picked up a knee injury which would eventually rule him out for the entire 2018-19 season.
Musonda has failed to live up to the high expectations placed on him, but the 22-year-old has vowed to come back to his best and remains confident that he can break into the Chelsea first team.
“I know people will doubt me because, after a year-and-a-half, they don’t know if I’m still the same player,” he said in an interview with The Independent.
“But deep down, I know how good I can be. I want to show the world what I can do and, if I prove I’m still the same Charly Musonda, I’m 100% confident I can break back into the Chelsea team.
Maybe it’s me being a bit naive or overconfident or just believing I can do it, but that has been my dream since I was 15 years old and that’s never changed. I want to wear the Chelsea shirt one more time.”
Musonda admitted he missed his football and that the past year was very challenging for him.
“The last year has been the toughest of my life,” he went on.
“I’ve suffered a lot this year. Sometimes, it can get very lonely. Every morning I woke up with the same thought: to play. It’s only when it’s taken away that you understand how much you love football. I didn’t realise how much I could miss it.”