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Charly Musonda (footballer, born 1996)

Charles Musonda (born 15 October 1996), known as Charly Musonda or Charly Musonda Junior, is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Eredivisie club Vitesse, on loan from Chelsea of the Premier League. Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can play as a winger.

Charly Musonda
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Musonda playing for Chelsea in 2017
Personal information
Full name Charles Musonda[1]
Date of birth (1996-10-15) 15 October 1996 (age 23)[2]
Place of birth Brussels, Belgium[2]
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position
Club information
Current team
Vitesse (on loan from Chelsea)
Number 27
Youth career
2002–2012 Anderlecht
2012–2015 Chelsea
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Chelsea 3 (0)
2016–2017Betis (loan) 24 (1)
2018Celtic (loan) 4 (0)
2018–Vitesse (loan) 4 (0)
National team
2010–2011 Belgium U15 9 (0)
2011–2012 Belgium U16 9 (5)
2012–2013 Belgium U17 14 (2)
2013–2014 Belgium U19 7 (3)
2014–2016 Belgium U21 12 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11:22, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12:16, 11 November 2016 (UTC)

Early lifeEdit

Born in Brussels to Zambian parents, Musonda started his career at Anderlecht's youth setup. In 2011, aged only 15, he was already linked to the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea.[3]

Club careerEdit

ChelseaEdit

On 11 June 2012, Musonda joined Chelsea, along with his two older brothers,[4] after the club previously agreed to pay a "compensation fee" to Anderlecht.[5] On 24 October 2013, he signed a professional contract with the club, after already being a regular with the under-18s.[6]

On 5 March 2015, after already being a regular with the club's under-21 team, Musonda signed a contract extension until 2019.[7] He attracted interest from French clubs Monaco[8] and Olympique de Marseille[9] in the summer, after impressing in both UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup winning campaigns, but nothing came of it.

After not making any first team appearance during the first half of the 2015–16 season, Musonda asked to leave due to lack of opportunities in December.[10] In January 2016, he rejected a loan move from Standard Liège.[11]

 
Musonda waiting to come on against Burnley at the Stamford Bridge, August 2017.

Real Betis (loan)Edit

On 29 January 2016, Musonda joined La Liga side Real Betis on loan until the end of the season, without the option of making the move permanent.[12] He made his professional debut on 7 February, starting in a 1–0 home win against Valencia, where he also was awarded Man of the Match.[13] Six days later, Musonda scored his first professional goal in a 2–2 draw at Deportivo de La Coruña.[14]

On 22 June 2016, Musonda's loan at Real Betis was extended for the 2016–17 campaign.[15] On 1 January 2017, after only making one start in the eight appearances Musonda made under manager Gus Poyet, the Belgian returned to Chelsea.[16]

Return to ChelseaEdit

In December 2016, Musonda appeared to have returned to Chelsea after being seen training with the first-team squad, with Chelsea presumably terminating his loan spell at Real Betis.[17] On 1 January 2017, it was confirmed by Real Betis that Chelsea had recalled the Belgian.[16] With manager Antonio Conte unsure whether Musonda was to stay with the Blues or be loaned out, interest arose from many clubs around Europe, including Roma.[18] However, after the conclusion of the January transfer window, Antonio Conte confirmed in a post-match press conference preceding Chelsea's 1–1 away draw with Liverpool, that Nathan Aké, Kenedy and Musonda would be staying at the club for the rest of the 2016–17 campaign.[19]

Musonda made his debut for Chelsea on 6 August 2017 in the 2017 FA Community Shield against Arsenal, coming on as a substitute after 84 minutes.[20] He made his first starting appearance for the club in an EFL Cup tie against Nottingham Forest, scoring the third goal in a 5–1 victory on 20 September 2017.[21]

Celtic (loan)Edit

On 29 January 2018, Musonda joined Celtic on an 18-month loan deal.[22] He made his debut the following day in a 3–1 victory over Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park.[23] The loan agreement was terminated in May 2018, as Musonda had not received sufficient playing time at Celtic.[24]

Vitesse (loan)Edit

On 31 August 2018, Musonda joined Eredivisie side Vitesse on a season-long loan after missing out on his parent club Chelsea's 23 man squad for the Premier League.[25]

On 5 July 2019, he rejoined Vitesse on loan for a second season.[26]

International careerEdit

Musonda is a Belgian international from under-15 to under-21 levels.[27]

Personal lifeEdit

Charly attended Richard Challoner School in New Malden. Musonda's older brothers, Lamisha and Tika were also youth graduates at Chelsea and Anderlecht. His father, also named Charles, was also a footballer who appeared mainly for Anderlecht, and was an international regular for Zambia.[28]

Career statisticsEdit

As of match played 17 August 2019[29]
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Chelsea 2016–17 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017–18 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1[c] 0 7 1
2018–19 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 1 0 7 1
Real Betis (loan) 2015–16 La Liga 16 1 0 0 16 1
2016–17 8 0 0 0 8 0
Total 24 1 0 0 24 1
Celtic (loan) 2017–18 Scottish Premiership 4 0 2 0 2[d] 0 8 0
Vitesse (loan) 2018–19 Eredivisie 1 0 0 0 1 0
2019–20 3 0 0 0 3 0
Total 4 0 0 0 4 0
Career total 35 1 3 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 43 2
  1. ^ Includes FA Cup, Scottish Cup
  2. ^ Includes League/EFL Cup
  3. ^ Appearance in FA Community Shield
  4. ^ Appearances in UEFA Europa League

HonoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Updated squads for 2017/18 Premier League confirmed". Premier League. 2 February 2018. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Charly Musonda". Chelsea F.C. Archived from the original on 20 February 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  3. ^ "City lead chase for most wanted teen in Europe". Daily Mirror. 9 July 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Chelsea snap up schoolboy wonder Charly Musonda from Anderlecht (report)". Daily Mirror. 11 June 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Chelsea agree transfer of Charly Musonda and brothers Tika and Lamisha". Metro. 9 June 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  6. ^ "The young generation: new professionals". Chelsea F.C. 24 October 2013. Archived from the original on 27 October 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  7. ^ "CONFIRMED: Chelsea prodigy signs new four-year deal". Daily Express. 5 March 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  8. ^ "Charly Musonda urged to leave Chelsea on loan by his father". Goal.com. 14 June 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Marseille interested in Chelsea loan partnership – with midfielder Charly Musonda first target". Metro. 13 May 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Chelsea under pressure as highly-rated youngster Charly Musonda weighs up his future". The Telegraph. 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Chelsea transfer news: January midfielder move rejected". Daily Express. 14 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Musonda in Betis loan". Chelsea F.C. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  13. ^ "El Betis deja a Neville sin argumentos" [Betis leave Neville without arguments] (in Spanish). Marca. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
  14. ^ "Deportivo vs. Real Betis (2 : 2)". OneFootball. 13 February 2016. Archived from the original on 2 March 2016. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Musonda remains in Spain". Chelsea F.C. 22 June 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Real Betis and Chelsea FC agree for the termination of the loan of Musonda". Real Betis Official Site. 1 January 2017. Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  17. ^ "Chelsea ace back training in London: Blues are recalling him from loan spell". Daily Star. 21 December 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  18. ^ "Charly Musonda's father reveals winger has offer to join Roma". Metro. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  19. ^ "Chelsea boss Conte happy to count on youngsters Kenedy and Charly Musonda". Tribal Football. 1 February 2017. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  20. ^ Rose, Gary (6 August 2017). "Community Shield: FT: Arsenal 1–1 Chelsea, Gunners win shootout 4–1". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  21. ^ Phillips, Owen. "Chelsea 5 – 1 Nottingham Forest". BBC Sport. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Celtic delighted to sign Charly Musonda on 18-month loan deal". celticfc.net. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Celtic 3–1 Heart of Midlothian". BBC Sport. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  24. ^ "Charly Musonda: Chelsea man cuts short Celtic loan stay after eight appearances". BBC Sport. BBC. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Charly Musonda versterk Vitesse". www.vitesse.nl. 31 August 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Charly Musonda joins Vitesse on loan from Chelsea". Chelsea F.C. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  27. ^ "Who is Chelsea's rising star Charly Musonda?". Sky Sports. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  28. ^ "Chelsea Under 21 star Charly Musonda part of talented footballing family and dreams of making it in Premier League". Daily Mail. 16 May 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  29. ^ Charly Musonda at Soccerway
  30. ^ "Charly Musonda Chelsea Profile". Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.

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