Former Chelsea starlet explains why leaving Chelsea for Monaco was the best decision for him

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Former Chelsea youngster Jonathan Panzo left Chelsea for Monaco as a 17-year-old back in 2018, after 8 years in the Chelsea academy.

Panzo spent two years with Monaco and despite not getting enough game time, he believes that it was still a brave decision for him.

“It was a brave decision, but I felt I just needed to get out of my comfort zone,” Panzo told The Mirror. “It was a chance to see more of the world, see different cultures and a different style of playing the game.

“Obviously it was brave for me but I feel it was worth it. It showed me a lot of new things, it made me mature at a young age.”

Panzo moved to Dijon last year, and he has thanked former Blues Cesc Fabregas and Radamel Falcao for helping him out at Monaco.

“Falcao, obviously him being a striker and me being a defender, he helped me a lot,” he said. “Just telling me certain things which helped me in a footballing sense, giving me tips and things like that.

“Fabregas, he speaks English and he remembered me from Chelsea which was quite nice as well. He’s got so much knowledge in terms of on the ball and off the ball stuff, so both of them helped me a lot to be fair.”

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