Chelsea sign wonderkid 'next Januzaj' Charly Musonda to first pro deal

Chelsea have handed Charly Musonda his first professional deal.

24 October 2013, remember the date - for it could turn out to be a significant one in the future of Chelsea Football Club.

It is the day Charly Musonda signed pro terms with the club, a young player with huge potential.

Musonda signed from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2012, from the youth team where Manchester United whizkid Adnan Januzaj plied his footballing trade before moving to England.

He had been at Chelsea on a developmental deal, and has today signed his first professional contract, as confirmed by

The Mirror even compared Musonda with Chelsea man Eden Hazard at the time of his arrival, so highly rated is the youngster. He was just 15 at the time.

Musonda has one goal and two assists in his first five under-18 games of the season, form the side's coach Adi Viveash described as 'sparkling.' Musonda also provided an assist in a 4-0 UEFA Youth League win over FC Basel last month.

He did go onto temper expectations, adding: "He's a very exciting footballer and a very different individual. He's a deep thinker for a young kid and really thinks a lot about his game, has really good adult conversations and, for me, he could be something, though it's still all about potential at this age."

Two other youngsters, George Cole and Ola Aina also signed pro deals at the same time, with both representing England at youth level.

Musonda is particularly interesting because the country he will ply his international football for is not cut and dry.

The attacking midfielder has represented Belgium at under-17 level, scoring twice in 10 games, but is eligible to play for Zambia.

Musonda is formally known as Charly Musonda Jr, because his father is also named Charly Musonda - and he is a famous star in his own right, a former Zambian international footballer.

In fact Musonda was supposed to be on the plane with the Zambian national team when it crashed into the Indian Ocean in 1993, killing all 30 on board. He had been denied permission to travel by his club Anderlecht after a knee injury.

With Musonda born in 1996, it's needless to say that the fact Chelsea have the youngster at all is a blessing.

The possibility remains the youngster could get called into a Adnan Januzaj style row over which country to play for like his peer, although at present he appears to be very much aiming to continue with Belgium.

Fans should certainly keep an eye on the name for he is likely to be one to watch over the coming seasons.


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