Chelsea flop Charly Musonda offered to play for free to revive Blues career
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Charly Musonda told Chelsea he would play for free in a desperate attempt to salvage his Stamford Bridge career.
The attacker arrived in the same summer as compatriot Eden Hazard back in 2012, but their careers with the Blues took entirely different paths.
While Hazard went to become a club legend, Musonda saw injury ravage his Chelsea career, leaving him now at a crossroads.
The 25-year-old has been told he will not be offered a new deal when his contract expires next summer, but Musonda has gone to great lengths in order to fight for his future with the club he joined as a teenager.
After overcoming knee surgery following a serious injury sustained during a loan spell with Dutch outfit Vitesse back in 2019, Musonda has battled to revive his Chelsea career.
A selection snub for this summer's friendly with Weymouth led to crunch talks with manager Thomas Tuchel and technical director Petr Cech, and after being told his contract wouldn't be renewed, Musonda revealed he offered to play for free.
"My initial talk was… simply saying listen, I appreciate the contract, I see where the club is coming from, my initial thinking would be to stay here and be with the team," Musonda told The Beautiful Game Podcast.
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"I don't really care as long as I can show what I can do here, because I came to Chelsea to try and play here.
"I spoke to the manager and… said I would play here for free and it's not the question of the contract, so I was disappointed I didn't play against Weymouth."
He added: "[I explained] I will literally play for free this year and if I'm doing well then next year we can talk about [an extension].
"It's not about the money… it's either I'm good enough to play for Chelsea or I'm not good enough to play for Chelsea."
A rare Premier League 2 outing against Liverpool in September provided Musonda with his first taste of football in 760 days, having been omitted from both Chelsea's Premier League and Champions League squads as he continues to recover.
The Belgian made his senior debut back in August 2017 under Antonio Conte in the Blues Community Shield defeat to Arsenal before netting a first strike for his beloved Blues a month later in the League Cup.
A lack of gametime then saw a loan stint with Celtic brought to a premature end before a promising move to Vitesse saw him make just four appearances over two seasons as injury threw his career into doubt.
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