Real Betis Sporting Director, Eduardo Macia, has hailed the loan arrival of Charly Musonda from Chelsea during the January transfer window after describing the 19-year-old midfielder as "one of the greats young talents in the European football". Speaking in the double presentation of Musonda himself and Barcelona loanee Martin Montoya, the club chief has also expressed his hopes to convince their clubs to extend their spells at the Andalucian side beyond the end of the season despite their loan agreements expiring in the summer.
Chelsea signed Musonda from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 along with his older brothers Tika and Lamisha. He has since progressed through the youth ranks as one of the biggest talents to emerge from the academy, playing a crucial role in the club's Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup successes last season.
But having failed to make his debut with the first-team, the Blues agreed to send him on loan to the La Liga side until the end of the season to secure some experience in the top flight.
Macia has expressed his delight about the agreements secured with Chelsea and Barcelona for the two talents, hoping they will help Betis to avoid the relegation, as well as stay beyond the end of the season.
"(Musonda and Montoya) will be with us for a short period of time in principle and hopefully the future will bring us joy and they stay longer with us," the Betis chief said in the presentation of the duo as quoted by Marca.
"Musonda is one of the greats young talents in European football, Chelsea have big hopes in his future, and Betis wants to help him to become into a great player. He has speed, self-confidence, is eager to play and can do it in any position behind the striker."
Musonda, meanwhile, has thanked Betis for handing him his first professional opportunity despite having never made an appearance in the Chelsea first-team.
"I am ready. This is a great league, very competitive. That's why I came here. It is the club and the perfect tournament for me, it is the place where I should be right now. "