Chelsea youngster claims Arsenal were amongst the clubs chasing his signature

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Charly Musonda says the Blues blocked a potential move to the Gunners in January before he left for Spain on loan.

Teenage Chelsea talent Charly Musonda has claimed to Het Nieuwsblad that the Blues blocked attempts from Premier League rivals such as Arsenal and Manchester United to sign him in January, as quoted by the London Evening Standard.

The Belgium Under-21s international joined the former champions in 2012 from Anderlecht at the age of just 15 but despite starring for the club's development sides he is yet to be given a single minute of senior football for the club.

Wanting first-team opportunities, the 19-year-old requested a move away from Stamford Bridge and ultimately joined La Liga side Real Betis in January on loan, reportedly with a view to a permanent move at the end of the season.

However, he has claimed to Het Nieuwsblad that he had offers to stay closer to home from fellow Premier League sides, but that any permanent move to a rival club was blocked by Chelsea.

Musonda said, as quoted by the Standard: "Nobody could know what Mourinho had in mind for me. It was simple: many English clubs wanted to buy me. Manchester United, City, Arsenal, but a loan was the only option for Chelsea.

"Only one thing matters to me - playing! Whether I return [to Chelsea] or not. There was interest from France, Netherlands. My ex-coach Yannick Ferrera, who I speak to a lot, wanted me at Standard [Liege], but I did not want to return to Belgium. And in the end I joined Betis."

Musonda was an important part of the Blues Under-21s side which won the FA Youth Cup last season, and is thought to have been a target of Arsene Wenger in particular.

Since joining Betis, Musonda has settled well into life playing regular senior football and has scored once in eight appearances for the Spanish club.

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