Marko Marin could easily end up leaving Chelsea permanently if he goes out on loan.
Marko Marin was a £7 million arrival to Chelsea from Werder Bremen over the summer and so far he’s played under two different managers and not staked a solid claim for a place in the Chelsea first team.
CSKA Moscow look set to offer the 23-year-old a way out of Stamford Bridge on a loan deal until the end of the season and there are several reasons why he may never look back.
Marin is nowhere near the level of Juan Mata, Eden Hazard or Oscar who all currently own Chelsea midfield places. It’s extremely doubtful that in the next half of the season that will change.
All that may happen is Marin returns in the summer under a new manager before he’s farmed out on loan again for another half season or another season at a different club.
Bear in mind this is a player who has made 16 appearances for Germany, a player who will want to play international football for one of the most consistent and exciting sides in recent times.
Is he going to get an international place back while sitting on the bench at Stamford Bridge? No.
If he does go on loan to CSKA and if they do sign him at the end of the season, it will be a very good move for him personally.
It will be a good move in the respect of his financial situation with taxes smaller in Russia and Russian clubs generally putting gifted players on huge contracts. However, this will be a secondary factor in any decision.
There is also a very good chance that the player will turn down a return to Chelsea in a similar way to what is happening with Romelu Lukaku at West Brom.
Chelsea sent him out on loan, despite not having many strikers at the start of the season, and it’s backfired on them as the big front man has said he’s not interested in going back to Chelsea.
It could well be the case that CSKA don’t try and sign Marin at the end of the season but that taste of regular football again opens up numerous possibilities.
The Bundesliga seems about to get purged for every decent young midfielder any side has to offer according to the papers, meaning there could be a specific requirement for a player of Marin’s calibre in Germany in a few months.
It could naturally go either way but it just doesn’t seem like he has any future at Chelsea once he initially leaves in any capacity.
Chelsea supporters, would you be sad to see Marin go?
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