Chelsea starlet admits Man United wanted to sign him in January

Promising Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has revealed that Manchester United, City and Arsenal were all interested in signing him in January, but a loan move overseas was the only option the Blues would allow.

The 19-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most able young players in the Stamford Bridge outfit’s ranks, with the teenager expected to be a future star in the West London outfit’s first team.

Musonda has been farmed out to Real Betis for the remainder of the campaign to give him more experience of first-team football and has been impressing in La Liga.

The youth Frenchman will return to Chelsea this summer and will be given a chance to impress a new manager ahead of next season, where the club will look to get back amongst the silverware.

However, Musonda has confessed that he was a man in demand in January, with a host of other Premier League teams wanting to sign him.

“Nobody could know what [Jose] Mourinho had in mind for me,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, translated to English by Sky Sports.

“It was simple: many English clubs wanted to buy me. Manchester United, City, Arsenal, but a loan was the only option for Chelsea.

“Only one thing matters to me – playing. Whether I return [to Chelsea] or not.

“There was interest from France, Netherlands. My ex-coach Yannick Ferrera, who I speak to a lot, wanted me at Standard, but I did not want to return to Belgium. And in the end I joined Betis.”