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As he says Chelsea goodbye, Charlie Musonda sends a message to one of the club’s past managers

Charly Musonda has sent an emotional farewell letter to Chelsea, confirming his departure this summer.

Musonda, who joined Chelsea in 2012, failed not to fulfill his full potential at the club due to injuries.

The Belgian made a total of seven appearances for the Blues’ first team, and his contract with the club is coming to an end.

“It feels like yesterday I was coming at Cobham, and that Chelsea football club welcomed me and my family to my new home,” Musonda said in a statement to supporters, confirming his departure. It’s been ten years since that day, and as the season comes to a close, that trip comes to an end.

“I had the privilege of being a part of, and learning from, such an incredible organization in world football, and in the process, I had the opportunity to win everything that was possible at youth level within the club and country, while also being a part of an important chapter at Cobham – and more importantly, while growing as a person.”

“I worked extremely hard from the age of 15 until 21 to make my professional debut at Chelsea, at a time when it was extremely difficult to do so, and I will always be grateful for the opportunity to play in the blue shirt at the Bridge, which is never a given or should never be taken for granted, particularly from where I come from.”

‘In all honesty, I would be lying if I claimed I expected to leave this way, and even more so if I expected to go four years without playing football following my knee injury,’ he concluded.

“Those who know me know how much football has meant to me since I began playing at the age of five, and it’s been painful not to be able to play for four years.” It’s been soul-wrenching, there’s no other way to phrase it.

“Especially since football is the one thing I love more or as much as my family, or because I fought so hard for the first six years at the club to achieve one goal: to play for Chelsea.” I never wanted or demanded to go, partially because I truly felt I could and would [play for Chelsea again] until the very last minute.”

Musonda also expressed his respect for the club, his former coaches, particularly Antonio Conte, and the achievements of the academy youngsters.

“I fell in love with the club and the fans; people always say Chelsea fans don’t make a lot of noise in the stadium, but I can assure you, the fans are among the best in the world, and they have always been incredible with me – which is rare for a player who hasn’t even started more than once,” Musonda added.

“I owe my development to Adi Viveash, the late Dermot Drummy, and Joe Edwards. I’d want to express my gratitude to Antonio Conte for providing me with the opportunity to realize a dream. I’d want to express my gratitude to all of my teammates, both at the young level and in the first team, as well as those who reached out to me when I was wounded. We can’t do anything without our teammates and opponents; sport is all about friendship and pushing each other to be better.

“I am really proud of all of the lads I grew up with who are now playing and representing Chelsea’s academy: Andreas, Rueb, Reece, Mase, and Trevoh.” Tammy, Jeremie, Ake, Ola, Fikayo, Dion Conroy, Houghton, Swifty, Baker, Marc Guehi, T Lamptey, Billy, Jay Da Silva, Mukhtar, Wright, and many others around England and Europe.”

“What the future holds in football or where it will take me is still unclear,” Musonda added, “but what I do know is that while being wounded, I found my mental power is my fortitude, not my skill.” Another certainty is that I will be back on the field next season.”

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