Chelsea midfielder: Why I rejected Barcelona in favour of Blues move

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Belgian youth international Charly Musonda Junior revealed why he decided to reject an offer from Barcelona in order to join Chelsea.

Chelsea under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda Junior revealed he picked Chelsea over Barcelona purely because they allowed his family to move to London with him. 

The talented 18-year-old, who is the youngest of three brothers all involved in football,  was described by his former manager at Anderlecht as a mixture of Xavi and Iniesta. The glowing endorsement of tricky midfielder, who at that point was just 15-years-old, prompted both Chelsea and Barcelona to check him out.

The Blues went on to win the talent's signature and in a recent interview with Belgium news outlet La Derniere Heure he explained why he opted for the move to London over Barcelona. 

'I went to see La Masia [Barcelona's youth complex],' confirmed the 18-year-old. 

'But I did not get the chance to take my whole family. At Chelsea I could have anyone by my side.

'That was very important to me, it made my decision. I rejected Barcelona.'

The talented central midfielder conceded: 'All alone in Barcelona, that would have been difficult for me.' 

The extremely highly-rated Belgian, who has been compared to compatriots Eden Hazard and Adnan Januzaj in the past, was one of the goalscorers in Chelsea's Under 21 Premier League final win last season. 

The former Anderlecht midfielder put the Manchester United defence to the sword with his exceptional dribbling ability before finding the bottom corner from just outside the box. The goal was used as a springboard for the Blues as they went on to win the match 2-1, with Lewis Baker joining the Belgian international on the scoresheet.

So far this season, the 18-year-old has continued to impress in both the U21 Premier League and UEFA Youth League competitions, with three goals and two assists in 11 games. 

He is still waiting on making is first-team debut for Mourinho's side, unlike Dominic Solanke, John Swift, Lewis Baker and Nathan Ake who have made appearances in the past year, but knows that if he can keep on impressing he will get his chance in the same way his other under-21 teammates have. 

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