What Lucas Piazon should tell Chelsea about Benat

Chelsea were linked with signing Benat in January, and they would be well advised to do so this summer.

Chelsea's Lucas Piazon has been dubbed many things, including the next Kaka and Chelsea's next superstar, but could he earn his stripes in Blues colours as a 'spy'?

The youngster is on loan at Malaga in La Liga, for who he played at the weekend, coming off the bench at half-time, but he was unable to stop his side being demolished 3-0 by a revived Real Betis.

Betis finished 13th in La Liga last year, but are now up to seventh, closing the gap on fourth placed Malaga to just three points courtesy of their weekend victory in Andalusia.

The instrumental figure in Betis' demolition of Champions League club Malaga was no doubt central midfielder Benat.

The Spaniard was sensational, setting up two of Betis' three goals, making it seven assists in La Liga for him this season.

Benat is 26 and is a central midfielder with a growing reputation. He has broken into Spain's international setup too, and has glowingly been referred to as 'Xavi's understudy'. If ever being second placed in an area of expertise was a compliment, that is it.

He could well be leaving Betis this summer having been regularly linked away from the club due to his excellent performances. Betis are in financial trouble and by cashing in on their prize asset, they will go some way to solving a lot of their problems.

His release clause stands at a reasonable £16.2 million, a more than fair price for a player of his talent and potential. The only complication could be if Betis continue their form and clinch a Champions League place, which could tempt Benat into wanting to stay.

Several clubs have also been linked with Benat, including Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City. Rafa Benitez' knowledge of the Spanish market may have once helped him push through such a deal, but given the lack of clarity over his own future, it's doubtful how much influence he holds as to Chelsea's summer transfer plans.

The one man who can have his say is Piazon, who having witnessed how Benat tore his team apart yesterday - having almost twice as many touches of the ball (121) than Malaga's top player (69), shows just how much control he had over the game.

Piazon would do well to report back to Chelsea just how good Benat was, and that he is a must sign in their efforts to replace Frank Lampard. Marouane Fellaini is one option, but Benat would come cheaper. 

If Piazon wants to help carry Chelsea's attack next season, playing alongside the man who demolished his current side will certainly appeal to him.

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