Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen rejects Feyenoord loan - report
Chelsea defender Ian Maatsen has rejected a loan move to Feyenoord during the summer transfer window, the Evening Standard reports.
The 20-year-old wants to remain in England if he is to leave the Blues, after spending the past two seasons on loan at League One Charlton in 2020/21 and Championship Coventry in 2021/22.
His manager with the Sky Blues, Mark Robins, told Coventry Live: “I would love to bring him back, of course I would. He’s not only a brilliant footballer, he’s a brilliant kid and great to have around.”
AD in the Netherlands claim that he has rejected the move to the Eredivisie because he wants a chance at Stamford Bridge.
The Dutchman has made a single senior appearance in the League Cup since graduating from the youth sides three years ago.
At left wing-back in Thomas Tuchel’s squad he currently has to compete with Ben Chilwell, Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmeiri.
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After Todd Boehly’s takeover at Chelsea it is yet to become clear how the wider squad will be managed, as the American has taken over as chairman from Bruce Buck, and the influential Marina Granovskaia as director.
Whether that will mean that the club’s famous army of loan players have a new chance of being included in the first-team or will be moved on permanently remains to be seen, but new loan rules due to come in within the next three seasons will limit temporary moves.
Spaniard Alonso looks to be surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge and Barcelona want him, although agreement is yet to be reached.
Tuchel is believed to like Emerson and wanted to bring him back from loan at Lyon when Chilwell was injured in the previous campaign, but the French side refused.
Without his top two options the German was forced to rely on Alonso, while occasionally using Malang Sarr, but completely ignored Kenedy, suggested the Brazilian is no competition.
Maatsen was awarded Coventry’s young player of the season award after what Coventry Live calls an “outstanding” year there, so he may be in with a chance if he can impress during the Blues’ preseason.
If Alonso leaves Chilwell and Emerson are expected to be the main choices, but last season proved how pivotal injury can be so the young Dutchman could put himself in place to be next up.
In other Chelsea news, Southampton and Derby both want George Nunn.