Charly Musonda has posted a goodbye message to Celtic fans, seemingly signalling an end to his loan stay.
Charly Musonda has confirmed his departure from Celtic after his disappointing loan spell with the Scottish champions.
The Belgium Under-21 international's arrival in Glasgow was widely regarded as a huge coup for Brendan Rodgers, signing what was initially meant to be an 18-month loan deal with the club.
But barring one superb appearance in a Europa League knockout tie at home to Zenit St Petersburg, Musonda's impact was limited, making just two more appearances for Celtic beyond the month of February.
Now also suffering from a collarbone injury, the Belgian has returned to parent club Chelsea. He wrote to Bhoys fans on Instagram: "I will be a supporter of Celtic forever, I’d like to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me that opportunity and guidance every single day, as I continue on my quest."
As I recover from a collar bone injury, Id like to take the time and reflect on the season, and say a massive thanks to all the staff, at Chelsea Football Club, and the boss Antonio Conte for giving me an opportunity to make my debut at the Bridge, and make a six year awaited dream come true. It only gave me a taste of how hard I’m expected to keep working to make more outings at Stamford Bridge, and therefor I will work. I would like to thank the manager for his guidance and support throughout my two years learning under him, I would like thank all the academy staff and players that helped me make my @premierleague debut and for awarding me with this ball. I would like to congratulate, the youth team for winning a 5th straight FA YOUTH Cup, and will be supporting our team for this week’s final. Last but not least I’d like to thank all of the Celtic family, spending the second half of the season in such a prestigious club with its incredible fans was an experience to cherish, to receive number 67 and have your incredible support, everywhere in Glasgow was amazing, I will never forget the noise of a European night at the Park, and to be a part of it and witness it first hand was an experience that’s made me more hungry for that stage, and that’s thanks to you, and the players that just won the league 7 times in a row, and hopefully a double treble, I will be a supporter of Celtic forever, I’d like to thank Brendan Rodgers for giving me that opportunity and guidance every single day, as I continue on my quest.
Naturally, Celtic fans on Twitter have expressed their dismay with how the deal worked out after after the fanfare that followed his arrival.
Looks like Musonda is back at Chelsea, Shame we didn't see much of him such a talented player, But sometimes it just isn't meant to be. Good luck Charly— Bhoy (@MistaTipsta) May 17, 2018
Massively disappointing that Musonda’s loan has been terminated early.— Stephen Patrick Connolly (@Spconnolly89) May 16, 2018
Goodbye Musonda— ChruttonCSC (@Chrutton_CSC) May 16, 2018
Goodbye my friend
You have been the one
You have been the one,for me pic.twitter.com/RQy4bWPVsw
Sad to see Musonda go to be honest, a shame like cause I thought he was going to make an impact, especially after the zenit game good luck to him though!— John Reilly (@JokOasis) May 16, 2018
I’m gutted for Musonda had loads of talent, all he had to do was bulk up and he’d had bossed Scottish football— Calum (@McCulloch1892) May 16, 2018
While Musonda underwhelmed in his brief outings for Celtic, some supporters feel manager Brendan Rodgers is partly responsible for the deal going awry so quickly.
Rodgers must carry the can for Musonda— CzD (@RodneyFarmer) May 17, 2018
Not his fault for Musonda. That’s Rodgers’ fault— John Hodgkiss (@19jhodgkiss) May 16, 2018