Charly Musonda has held talks with Real Betis over extending his loan spell away from Chelsea into the 2016-17 season after impressing in La Liga. The 19-year-old moved to Betis in the January transfer window and has taken just 12 appearances to convince the club's hierarchy he should be retained beyond the end of the current campaign.
Musonda's displays included netting his first senior goal in the draw with Deportivo La Coruna in February and he looks likely to be given further first-team exposure next term. The Belgium Under-21 international has never represented the Blues at senior level and though Antonio Conte will arrive as the new manager in the summer his prospects are unlikely to improve.
In a sign that Musonda will be allowed to spend next season away from Chelsea, Betis have begun talks over an extension to the loan agreement that would see him remain for the entire campaign at the Benito Villamarin. Club president Ángel Haro has been encouraged by talks and says discussions are "on the right track".
"We can be revealing, but there are players who are interesting and we are working on Musonda," he told the club's official website. "We have had meetings with Chelsea and the player's family that are going on the right track. The fans should be aware that we are not standing still, but doing things. The feelings we have drawn from these meetings are quite positive."
Chelsea have sent 34 players out on loan this season, and Musonda looks set to become the first player discarded ahead of next term despite incoming boss Conte yet to officially begin his role at the club. Conte has met with the first-team squad but will not take charge until after the conclusion of Italy's campaign at this summer's European Championships.
One of the main challenges facing Conte is how he balances ensuring Chelsea return to competing at the top end of the Premier League table and qualify for the Champions League with promoting players from the academy. The West London outfit won the Uefa Youth League for the second season in a row after beating Paris Saint-Germain, but many of the squad inevitably face being sidelined come next term.