A Chelsea star has revealed that he has offered to play for free in a desperate attempt to stay at the club.
With the European champions having loaned out some of their more unfavoured players, including Danny Drinkwater and Tiemoue Bakayoko, this season, one outcast is still at Stamford Bridge despite not being included in the side's Premier League and UEFA Champions League squads for the campaign.
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Belgian forward Charly Musonda has now opened up about his last-ditch attempt to salvage his career with the Blues after he was told by manager Thomas Tuchel that his contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of this season.
"My initial talk was simply saying: 'Listen, I appreciate the contract, I see where the club is coming from, my initial thinking would be to stay here and be with the team'," Musonda told The Beautiful Game Podcast regarding Chelsea's offer to him of a new deal with lower wages and a potential loan.
"'I don't really care as long as I can show what I can do here, because I came to Chelsea to try and play here.'
"I spoke to the manager and said I would play here for free and it's not the question of the contract, so I was disappointed I didn't play against Weymouth [in a friendly].
"[I explained] I will literally play for free this year and if I'm doing well, then next year we can talk about [an extension].
"It's not about the money... it's either I'm good enough to play for Chelsea or I'm not good enough to play for Chelsea."
Musonda joined the club as a 15-year-old in 2012 and made his senior debut five years later under Antonio Conte.
Since then, though, he has been sent out on loan to Scottish giants Celtic as well as Eredivisie outfit Vitesse, where he suffered a serious knee injury that kept him out for almost 1 000 days.
"Obviously, having been out for the last two or three years, it was a bit difficult with my injury," Musonda added.
"I did everything I could, I worked as hard as I could... to just be fit, to be able to be a part of the first team in pre-season, which was something I did and I was very happy about it.
"I was very optimistic that I was going to be able to train with the first team and be back in the team and then build up my fitness.
"My ambition was always to play for Chelsea, and I always said I was either going to leave because I wasn't good enough or if I was told I have to go."
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