Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda has agreed a move on loan to Real Betis for the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign with the option to extend the deal, according to reports. The future of the 19-year-old at Stamford Bridge has been under scrutiny amid reports claiming Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in securing his services.
Betis are expected to be his next club after Spanish publication AS reported the clubs have agreed a deal for the midfielder to play at the La Liga side until the end of this term, with an option to extend his spell by a further season.
The Sevilla-based outfit are 14th in La Liga after securing promotion to the first division last season. They are still four points above the relegation spots but recently parted ways with former West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel following a number of negative results.
Musonda moved to Chelsea from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 along 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, with him part of the club's Uefa Youth League and FA Youth Cup successes last season.
But having since failed to make his debut with the first-team, the Daily Mirror reported in December 2015 that United and City were ready to take advantage of the player's frustration.
And the attacking midfielder's father, Charly Musonda Snr, slammed Chelsea a month earlier over the club's reluctance to give him a chance, when Jose Mourinho was still in charge.
"He should definitely leave," Musonda Snr was quoted as saying by Belgian website Voetbal Krant. "Monaco were interested a while ago, and that was not the only team. He should be able to play in the first team, to develop further in that way."
The player confirmed in December 2015 (with a message on Instagram that was later deleted) that he was ready to leave the west London club on loan, although he insisted it was going to be just a further step to develop his talent in order to become "one of the very best one day at Chelsea".