CHARLY MUSONDA has been awarded a shirt number within Antonio Conte’s squad, despite rumours linking him with Celtic.
The youngster will wear Eden Hazard’s old No 17 shirt next season, which suggests his position at Stamford Bridge is permanent.
Following an impressive year-long loan spell with Real Betis, the Belgian starlet has attracted interest from a number of clubs.
Celtic were reportedly lining up a £5million deal for the 20-year-old, but Conte’s decision to hand him a shirt number might just quash these rumours.
The Premier League have given permission for the Belgian youngster to use ‘Musonda Jr’ on his shirt this season to avoid any confusion with his father.
Musonda has recently returned to west London to train with the Chelsea first-team at Cobham.
Last term’s Premier League champions kick-off their pre-season on July, 22 against Arsenal.
The attacking midfielder oozes confidence both on and off the field, previously labelling himself to become a legend in his career.
Musonda said, “I was a late starter in my career.
“For example Eden Hazard was already in the first team when he was 16 and I was nowhere near that.
“I feel I have learned a lot at Chelsea and I am ready for any league in the world. I have never regretted signing for Chelsea,” he adds.
The Belgian U20 international was a product of the Anderlecht academy, before joining the Premier League giants in 2012 along with his two older brothers.
In early 2016, Musonda joined La Liga side Real Betis on a loan deal until the end of the season.
After only managing one start in eight appearances under the management of Gus Poyet during the deal, the Belgian returned to Stamford Bridge.