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Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda is open to extending his loan stay at Real Betis for a further season after an impressive start to life in La Liga. The 19-year-old admitted he has always wanted to play in Spain, due to a childhood passion for Barcelona.
The Belgian offensive midfielder had been tipped as one of the next big things from the Chelsea academy, having joined the club – along with his older brothers Tika and Lamisha – from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012. Yet to make a first-team appearance with the Blues, he was sent on-loan to Betis during the January transfer window to secure experience in a top European league.
The Belgian has made an instant impact in La Liga, being voted man of the match in his debut against Valencia before scoring his first goal for the club in the 2-2 draw against Deportivo de La Coruna at the weekend.
Real Betis's sporting director, Eduardo Macia, recently announced plans to extend Musonda's loan spell beyond the currently agreed end-of-the-season.
And asked during an interview with Estadio Deportivo whether he would like to stay at the Andalucian side next season, Musonda replied: "Of course, why not?
"But I have already said that the future is not important, what counts is now. At the end of the season we will discuss which decision to take. My target is doing my talking on the pitch with my football. If Betis do well, it goes well for me too.
"Yes, [I was eager to play in La Liga]. It's a championship that I have always liked. It has the best players in the world in Lionel Messi, Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona are the best team in the world. For me it is good to have come here. I think I can learn in every game."
Musonda's quick adaptation to La Liga has been helped by his knowledge of Spanish. The Belgian starlet revealed that he learned the language when he was a kid because he supported Barcelona.
"When I was younger I was a big fan of Barcelona. And I thought, maybe someday I can play for Barcelona and so I started to learn Spanish," Musonda added. He had previously revealed that in 2012 he eventually turned down a move to the Catalan club to join Chelsea.