Real Betis technical secretary Alexis Trujillo has revealed the club plans to keep Chelsea starlet Charly Musonda beyond the end of the current season. The Andalucian side agreed the player's loan arrival from Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, but they now want the versatile midfielder to stay longer than his originally intended end-of-season deadline after an impressive start to life in La Liga.
The Belgian youngster moved to West London from Anderlecht in the summer of 2012 along with his older brothers Tika and Lamisha. He is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Blues, despite being regarded as one of the best prospects to emerge from the Stamford Bridge academy. Having expressed his frustration over this situation in the opening months of the season, Chelsea agreed to send him the prospect on loan to Betis during the January transfer window and give him top-flight footballing experience.
Some in Spain were sceptical over the player's readiness for La Liga. However, the 19-year-old has taken just two games to silence the doubters, being named 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.
Musonda expressed his delight over his instant adaptation to La Liga earlier this week, opening the door to extending his loan stay for a further season.
Asked during an interview with Estadio Deportivo whether he would consider saying at Betis next year, 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."
Betis technical secretary Trujillo has now confirmed that they plan to convince Chelsea to let the player continue his development in La Liga.
"I want us to stay in La Liga and hopefully we can work [with Chelsea] to keep him with us ahead of next season," Trujillo said to Radio Marca.
"We are not surprised [about his instant adaptation] and we hope he will improve even more. We had been following him for a while with the Belgian national team and we knew about his potential. He is going to give much joy to the Betis fans, he has incredible speed and carries the ball with great quality. I hope Betis can enjoy many evenings of glory with him."