Chelsea midfielder Lucas Piazon has revealed that he has no intention of staying with the Blues next season, issuing a statement that is sure to annoy Jose Mourinho.
The Brazilian initially signed for the west London outfit in 2011 from Sao Paulo but has only featured three times for the senior squad to date.
On top of that the 21-year-old has been loaned out three times in the last three seasons, once to Malaga, once to Vitesse Arnhem and most recently to Eintracht Frankfurt.
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During the last campaign, spent in the Bundesliga, Piazon made 22 appearances in all competitions, scoring twice and assisting twice, though that hasn’t been enough to sufficiently impress Jose Mourinho.
On the contrary the Special One is probably planning to loan the midfield out once more this summer. In any case though Piazon isn’t content with remaining at Stamford Bridge.
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"I don’t want to stay there [at Chelsea]. It will be a waste of time being there, play one game every two weeks. I would rather leave and play all games this year,” Piazon supposedly told ESPN.
Chelsea might well be advised to heed their ever-growing reputation concerning young players that puts a black mark on their record as a club. Many gifted starlets have been acquired during the early stages of their careers, only to fail to be given proper chances to break into the club’s first-team.
Blues youth system
In contrast a regular theme appears to be that the Blues continually farm out players on loan before eventually cashing in on them and turning a profit when they mature into senior footballers elsewhere. It’s a scheme to be looked down on for sure, but is Piazon good enough for Mourinho’s first-team?
The short answer, for now at least, is no. The likes of Nemanja Matic, Oscar and Francesc Fabregas usually patrol the middle of the park for Chelsea, and try as he might Piazon is unable to compare to any of those three at the moment.
That said other youngsters such as Ruben Loftus-Cheek appear to be set to be handed a real chance to impress Mourinho, something that Piazon has never been afforded.
Happy to depart
A consequence is that he’s now happy to leave the club, and there’s sure to be suitors waiting to pounce for his signature since he’s a player of possible high potential who will be available on the cheap.
Whilst it’s unlikely any Premier League sides will take a punt due to the fact that Piazon is untested in England, there are outfits on the continent who may be willing to make the gamble. When they do Blues fans will be left hoping Mourinho hasn’t overlooked a player who could make a big difference in the future.
Chelsea fans, what do you think to your club’s youth system? Let us know what you think of Piazon in the comments box below.