Lucas Piazon latest: Club wants loan extension; he needs ‘physical toughness’

Eintracht Frankfurt

Chelsea's young player Lucas Piazon could be set for a longer stay in the Bundesliga.

Eintracht Frankfurt reportedly want to keep on-loan Chelsea player Lucas Piazon beyond his current contract.

The 20-year-old joined the Bundesliga club on a season-long deal this summer, but Sky Sports report that the German club are already investigating the option of a second season.

In quotes published by Bild, Frankfurt’s general manager Bruno Hudner said, “Definitely, we will be looking to discuss things with Chelsea.

“Chelsea might hand him another loan year at our club. That would be what we are looking for because I think the Bundesliga is currently the best platform for Lucas Piazon.

“He can add a certain physical toughness to his game and will be able to make a big step if he learns to become a starter in the Bundesliga.”

Piazon enjoyed an outstanding campaign at Vitesse Arnhem last season, where he scored 12 goals and provided nine assists in 35 appearances.

So far in Germany, the young Brazilian has made six appearances for Frankfurt, scoring one goal in a 2-1 win away to Hamburg.

The way Piazon started last season suggested he could be fast-tracked into Chelsea’s first-team squad, but his form dipped after Christmas and given his age a prolonged spell in Germany may be wise for all concerned as he looks to make a final push for a starting-berth at Stamford Bridge.

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