Chelsea to open contract talks with Musonda amid Arsenal and United interest
Chelsea are planning to open talks with Belgium Under-21-international starlet Charly Musonda over a new contract.
The 20-year-old joined the club’s academy five years ago and has just been promoted to the senior squad this season.
Musonda, who made 24 appearances on loan at Real Betis in 2016, impressed on his first start for the Blues against Nottingham Forest last week, scoring his first goal for Chelsea too.
Chelsea held some initial discussions with him at the end of last season but it was agreed on both sides to postpone serious negotiations until a later date.
Conte has already sent out a huge signal of intent by including him in Chelsea’s Premier League squad.
Conte has told Musonda that he needs to put more muscle on to fulfil his potential, a message that the player has taken on board.
Musonda said: “I know I definitely have to put more muscle on (like Eden did). It is a very physical League.
“English football is very tough. You can have the skill but you need to add the physical part to it. I am still young and will have to continue developing. I’m patient and I have time.”
Musonda agreed a contract worth £12,000-a-week when he signed a four-year contract in 2015, but can now expect a significant pay-rise when he signs an extension.