Guus Hiddink may include Charly Musonda in Chelsea squad to face Arsenal

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Guus Hiddink could call wonderkid Charly Musonda into the first-team squad to face Arsenal on Sunday, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old impressed the caretaker manager and owner Roman Abramovich in a behind-closed-doors friendly against QPR on Tuesday - scoring a magnificent free-kick in the process.

Musonda's favoured position is as an attacking midfielder and will be given the opportunity to train with the first-team for the rest of the week. It’s understood that if the Belgian can continue to impress, Hiddink will reward him with a place in the 18-man squad for the trip to the Emirates.


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The Dutch manager has often spoken of the possibility of giving opportunities to some of the younger players in the Chelsea squad with the Blues having seemingly nothing to play for in the Premier League.

The 69-year-old was already well aware of Musonda when he was first appointed as caretaker manager and wanted him to train with the first-team squad over Christmas. However, he had already been given permission to travel to Los Angeles with his Under-21 teammates for a winter break.

The Daily Mail also reported that in December, Musonda was involved in a training ground row with Cesc Fabregas. It’s understood that the youngster flicked the ball over the Spaniard’s head and then nutmegged him before Fabregas got his revenge with a heavy tackle which sparked a melee.

Masoned has already represented Belgium at Under-21 level and, in March of last year, signed a contract extension at Stamford Bridge to keep him at the club until 2019.

Many first-team players were also involved in the friendly against QPR, which Chelsea won 5-0, including Bertrand Traore, Christian Atsu, Patrick Bamford, Baba Rahman and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Musonda’s sensational free-kick opened the scoring before Bamford scored twice, Atsu scored once and an own goal made it five.

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