Chelsea are set to offer exciting youngster Charly Musonda a new contract to withstand growing interest from their Premier League rivals.
The Belgian midfielder made his first start for the Blues just last week in the Carabao Cup, scoring and impressing greatly in his opportunity against Nottingham Forest.
His current contract runs until 2019, but the London Evening Standard believe that Chelsea are making positive steps to offering Musonda an impressive package deal to keep him with them for the long-term.
The Belgium under-21 international joined Chelsea back in 2012, despite interest from Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United and others. The now-20 year old graduated from the academy three years later when he turned 18.
His older brothers Lamisha and Tika, along with his younger brother Matty, were also youth graduates at Chelsea, as well as Anderlecht.
Musonda spent the majority of 2016 out on loan with Spanish La Liga club Real Betis, picking up 24 appearances in total. He returned from an agreed season-long loan, however, in December 2016 after then-Betis boss Gus Poyet refused to grant him an acceptable number of starts.
After Chelsea terminated their original agreement, Antonio Conte was unsure whether to keep Musonda with the Blues or loan him out once more with interest mounting from Italy and Spain. The Belgian did remain at Stamford Bridge last season, although he didn’t make his first full appearance until the beginning of this campaign against Burnley.
Musonda is believed to have held very positive talks with Antonio Conte himself about his future after impressing against Nottingham Forest. Speaking after that match, Musonda said: “It was an emotional moment, I can’t even remember it, “I was very happy and you can see that. I was in tears to be honest.”