Chelsea youngster Lucas Piazon has risked infuriating his parent club after claiming he is frustrated at being continually loaned out by the Stamford Bridge side. The 22-year-old is preparing to start his fifth spell away from the Blues in three years after completing a deadline day move to Fulham on deadline day of the summer transfer window.
The former Brazil under-21 international has had spells at Malaga, Vitesse Arnham, Eintracht Frankfurt and Reading during the past 36 months but has failed to impress sufficiently to be considered for a first team role in west London. Beginning the campaign closer to home, Piazon is hopeful a spell at Craven Cottage can kickstart his career.
But as one of 38 players to be offloaded by Chelsea on temporary deals, Piazon's hopes of breaking through under Antonio Conte appear bleak. Just three appearances have come in six years at the club, and the midfielder is losing patience with his future seemingly consigned to failure.
"I hope I can do a good job at Fulham," Piazon told The Daily Mail. "It's a good club and a traditional club. They have started the season well. Then I have to stay for more than one year at a club who can see me as their player and not a player from Chelsea who will one day go back to Chelsea.
"I'm tired of moving abroad. One, two, three loans, maybe that's enough. It's time for me to stay somewhere more than one year. When they know you'll stay whatever happens, people look at you with different eyes. If I had the chance to go for more than one season I'd do it."
The former Sao Paulo man added: "It makes no sense to go on loan all the time. It is not good for any player in my experience — or the experience of the other boys. I don't see it as a positive thing any more. To be in a different place every year is not good for me at 22. It's difficult to get a place in the team. They have their own players. You do your best, try to get a place in the squad, minutes on the pitch, score and create goals. That's all you can do."
Among the problems which have faced Piazon has been the lack of cohesion at Chelsea, with the club having had seven managers since he arrived at the club in January 2011. During that time only Roberto di Matteo and Rafael Benitez have handed him first team opportunities, and with Antonio Conte having yet to speak to Piazon about football his chances of impressing the Italian look doomed to fail.
"We haven't spoken much and we've said nothing about football," he said. 'It's difficult when there's a big change. The Italian mentality is to train hard. They arrived and then went to Austria and then to the USA. The players have found the training tough but they're enjoying it.'
"I still want to make it at Chelsea, of course. I came to Europe to play for Chelsea and want to do it. Maybe I can come back in the future. If that's not possible I want to go somewhere and stay for more than one season. Not just stay stuck in the club."