Charly Musonda has told Chelsea he wants to extend his loan spell at Real Betis after an impressive start to life in La Liga. The Belgium starlet reiterated his love from Spanish football, building on a childhood passion for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The 19-year-old attacking midfielder moved to Chelsea's academy from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 as a big prospect for the future. But having grown frustrated by the Blues' reluctance to give him a chance in the first team, he agreed a loan move to the La Liga outfit until the end of the season in January.
Some critics questioned Musonda's readiness for first-team football at the top tier, but he has been quick to prove the doubters wrong, making an instant impact and helping turn struggling Betis's fortunes around.
The Seville-based outfit have won three games and draw further three since the Chelsea loanee arrived atthe club, with Musonda being arguably the best player in all six games.
Real Betis manager Juan Merino recently admitted he would love to secure the player's services on a permanent basis, having seen so much in just two months at the club.
"I wish we had the option to buy [Musonda]," the boss told his club's official website. "With his behaviour and his attitude on the pitch at just 19-years-old, he is proving to be an awesome player who will just improve"
Asked during an interview with Canal Sur Radio whether he would like to remain at Betis next season, Musonda said: Yes. The idea is in my mind but I don't know what will happen next year.
"I am very happy here. Right now I'm playing to give the best for Betis and enjoy myself. I don't know the future. I am content. Next year you never know, but it is possible [to stay].
Asked if he would rather to stay at Betis than go back to the Chelsea Under U21 side, he replied: "Yes. My favourite clubs are from Spain. They are the best clubs in the world. I've liked Barcelona and Real Madrid since I was a kid. That's why I learned Spanish. Now I play for Betis and I'm happy. Playing here helps me to improve my Spanish too."
Nevertheless, Musonda also claimed during the interview that in 2012 he had offers to join both Barcelona and Real Madrid, but instead opted to move to Chelsea as "it was the best option for me and my family".