Lucas Piazon has admitted it will be difficult to establish himself as a Chelsea starter and says he could never return from his loan spell at Frankfurt.
The Brazilian starlet was hailed as a future world beater after moving to Stamford Bridge from Sao Paolo in 2011. The deal, thought to be worth around £10 million, was testament to how highly Chelsea rated him, but he has only made three appearances for the club thus far.
Piazon has spent the last two seasons on loan to Malaga and Vitesse and was again told to seek experience away from the Premier League, eventually joining Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 20-year-old admits he is still hopeful of making it in west London, but also believes that there is a chance he could move to Frankfurt permanently.
Anything can happen
He is quoted by the Evening Standard as saying: “I wish to play at Chelsea. But football is a surprise and everything can change quickly.
“I’m only 20 and anything can happen. If everything fits, I could stay in Frankfurt.
“Chelsea has so many very good players and currently it is difficult for me to find a place.”
"Next week I pull out of the hotel and move into my apartment and tomorrow my language course begins. Then I learn German"
Going out on loan can be a frustrating time for a player. Thibaut Courtois benefitted from three seasons away from Stamford Bridge, returning in the summer to usurp Petr Cech's place in the team. 26 Chelsea players were not as fortunate as the Belgian, with a host of young stars leaving on a temporary basis.
However, Piazon is looking at the positives of his loan spell. He sees it as an opportunity to develop more than he would be able to as a bit-part player at Chelsea.
He continued: “I think it’s normal (to go on loan). Chelsea has so many very good players and it would currently be difficult for me to find a place. Here I can play and gain experience.”
Piazon managed to impress whilst on loan to Dutch outfit Vitesse last season, scoring 11 goals and assisting eight in 29 appearances. As a result, he has walked straight into the Frankfurt line up. However, the competition is likely to be fiercer in the Bundesliga, where the quality of football is far greater than that of the Eredivisie.