Chelsea believe they have a player with more talent than both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard, which is probably why they are preparing to work hard to keep him at the club.
According to The Telegraph, Charly Musonda is considered better than both the Belgian internationals were at the same age and Chelsea coaches believe he could become a major star.
Whether he will fulfill his potential in Chelsea's outstanding new Stamford Bridge, due for completion in 2020, or elsewhere is the biggest concern facing those who have invested time, money and hope into his development.
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The 19-year-old is already playing for Belgium's Under-21 side but has yet to be given a chance of an upgrade to Chelsea's senior team. It is a concern that a number of their current academy have as Jose Mourinho's continued reluctance to show faith in youth continues unabated.
Indeed, even Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who has been on the fringes of the squad ever since Mourinho returned to west London in 2013, is still finding first-team football a precious commodity.
Needless to say, there are plenty of clubs out there who are well aware of Musonda's talent, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Arsenal.
While Manuel Pellegrini can hardly claim to be an advocate of developing young players, both Louis van Gaal and Arsene Wenger have handed opportunities to their best talents in the past.
Indeed, Wenger's reputation for fast-tracking youngsters is second to none in the Premier League, perhaps the world.
Musonda in action
Contracts and talks
Musonda is aware that opportunities at clubs like Arsenal will be easier to come by and is considering whether or not he should quit the club in the near future. Luckily for Chelsea, they tied him down to a four-year deal in March, but contracts are notoriously flimsy in today's game.
Talks between Chelsea and Musonda will take place in the coming weeks, but it appears as though a loan move will be the best thing they can offer him. Having seen so many of his young team-mates shipped out across Europe only to never return, it won't be the offer Musonda was hoping for.
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