By Richard Parks
Charly Musonda’s loan contract at Celtic has been ripped up due to his lack of game time, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.
The manager admitted on Thursday, as quoted by the Daily Mail, that Chelsea have cut short his 18-month loan following a review earlier this week.
Rodgers said: “I met with Chelsea on Monday after our game (against Aberdeen) on Sunday. In Charly’s contract there was a review at the end of the season, whether they wanted to take him back or however it was.
“The idea for Charly was to come and play as many games as he possibly could, and let’s review it at the end of the season.
“Between us both, we are thinking that he may not get the games that they would like him to get for next season.”
In a separate report, the Daily Mail claim the Belgian attacking midfielder’s parent club are angry that Musonda has barely been used since his arrival at Parkhead after Chelsea were given verbal promises by Rodgers that the player would be given plenty of action.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic could lose an attacker or two in the summer, with the futures of Moussa Dembele, Scott Sinclair, Tom Rogic and Patrick Roberts up in the air, but the Belgium Under-21 international is clearly not the answer. The bread-and-butter is the domestic competitions and Musonda is barely getting a look-in. He has made just eight appearances in all competitions for Rodgers’ side, only three of which have been starts. In the last month he has not been in the frame at all. If he was deemed good enough to be in the squad, why would Rodgers not select him? Sure, Chelsea are unimpressed (and who can blame them?), and Rodgers is unlikely to be given any of their rising stars in the future after similarly chastening loan experiences for Josh McEachran when he was in charge at Swansea, and Victor Moses at Liverpool. Belgian news outlet HLN reported in January that Musonda is earning £40,000-a-week from his deal at Chelsea. If that is the case, the Premier League giants are getting royally fleeced. Celtic are better off out of this one.