Monday, 19th November, 2012
Young starlet Charly Musonda Junior has spoken about his decision to leave Belgian giants Anderlecht for Chelsea over the summer, revealing that while he was not sure initially, he is now delighted to have made the switch, dubbing the Blues a "family club".
Just 15 years old at the time of his move, Charly Musonda Junior headed to London with his brothers (Tika and Lamisha), in the firm belief that playing for the Champions League holders would be better for their development.
The youngsters are the sons of former Zambia international Charly Musonda, who himself turned out for Anderlecht between 1987 and 1997.
The Belgian giants at the time expressed their appreciation for how Chelsea had acted when taking the three potential stars to London, with sporting director Herman Van Holsbeeck commenting: "I want to emphasise that we greatly appreciate the efforts of Chelsea."
Now 16 years old, Charly Musonda Junior has been reflecting upon his decision to swap Anderlecht for Chelsea – and it is one he does not regret.
"Regrets? None, because Chelsea is a warmer club than Anderlecht", said the starlet to La Derniere Heure.
"Exactly one year ago I had already decided myself that I would leave. It was my dad that convinced me to stay at Anderlecht", he continued.
And, while Musonda Junior enjoyed his time at the Belgian champions, he does not feel the experience can be compared to that which he is having at Chelsea, where the stars are on a completely different level, but are genuinely friendly too; something which has eased the doubts he initially had.
"Until the summer, I had my doubts about Chelsea, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.
"It is a family club, much more so than Anderlecht.
"In Brussels, some players think that they are real stars. Here that is not the case.
"Consider David Luiz or Juan Mata. They came to talk to me and gave me good advice."
Musonda Junior also admitted that he has one eye on making Belgium’s 2014 World Cup squad, should the Red Devils qualify, and revealed he knows national team coach Marc Wilmots personally.
"I will be almost 18 years old [in 2014], so it is not impossible.
"Marc Wilmots knows me, we have a good relationship."
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