Chelsea Football Club made a move to solidify their attacking presence for seasons to come, as they extended the contract of winger Charly Musonda until 2022. The 21 year old Belgian is enjoying his first full season in the senior squad for the London side, after spending the last year on loan at Real Betis. Musonda has been at the club since 2012, when he moved from Anderlecht. After impressive performances with Chelsea youth teams, it was clear the player had potential, showcasing impressive pace and dribbling skills. The signing comes as a real positive for both Chelsea and Musonda, as the young player can continue to develop at the club he’s known for most of his professional career.
Musonda joins a group of summer signings tied down until 2022, including Danny Drinkwater, Tiemoué Bakayoko, Antonio Rüdiger, and Alvaro Morata. Italian defender Davide Zappacosta, who also arrived at the start of the season, is on contract until 2021. For Charly Musonda to join this group of players, he must feel confident that he has a place in manager Antonio Conte’s long term plans.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 8, 2017
Another promising young player, Andreas Christensen, is also making his mark in his first season on the Chelsea squad. A Danish defender, Christensen joined Chelsea in 2012, impressing in youth sides before going on loan to German side Borussia Mönchengladbach. After two seasons in Germany, where he featured regularly and competed in the Champions League, Christensen returned to Chelsea a polished and matured player. Filling in for injured David Luiz, Christensen has started six straight matches for Chelsea, keeping three clean sheets in that time. In his recent matches, Christensen has looked incredibly solid and composed at the back, delivering accurate long balls and providing deep cover for the attacking wing backs. When he comes forward for set pieces, the Dane looks dangerous, and has gotten close to scoring a handful of times. I reckon he will get his first Premier League goal in the coming fixtures. When Luiz returns to fitness, he will have a tough task to earn his starting place back in Chelsea’s back line.
98% passing accuracy.
He is also the only defender in the #PremierLeague now who has an above average of 94% passing accuracy…
— Keep The Blue Flag Flying High (@Chelsea40235323) December 13, 2017
With a talented core group of players locked in for several seasons to come, Chelsea have an exciting squad in the making. A potential key figure for this developing team is Welsh defender Ethan Ampadu, who made his Premier League debut for Chelsea on Tuesday, coming on in the 80th minute to replace Andreas Christensen. At just 17 years old, Ampadu shows the makings of a future world class defender.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) December 13, 2017
While Chelsea fans have a lot to be excited about, there are still some contract worries for the club. Although star-man Eden Hazard is signed until the end of the 2020 season, the Chelsea board are keen on nailing down an extension, with potential to make Hazard the league’s highest paid player. It is clear why the club, and fans alike, are so eager for Hazard to stick with the Chelsea. Since returning from injury, Hazard has dazzled, consistently putting in man of the match performances. Although rumors have surfaced linking the Belgian to a possible move to Real Madrid, Hazard has states recently that he is in, “no rush to leave the club.”