Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers hails ‘big talent’ Charly Musonda after signing Chelsea star on 18-month loan

Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda has completed his move to Celtic on an 18-month loan deal. 

Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers had been keen to sign Musonda last summer, but Chelsea decided against the move going ahead. 

A delighted Rodgers labelled Musonda a “big talent” and suggested the Belgian could even feature in Celtic’s next game against Hearts on Tuesday evening. 

In an interview with Celtic TV, the 21-year-old revealed how he nearly joined the Glasgow club in the summer but was now happy the deal went over the line this time around.

Musonda said: “I feel really good. Massive club, really looking forward to it. I’m very lucky to be here and I’m very happy to be here.”

“It’s going to be unreal to play at Celtic Park. Hopefully I can do well for the team.”

Musonda joined Chelsea in 2012 from Anderlecht along with older brothers Tika and Lamisha, and signed a contract extension in March 2015.

After a previous loan spell with Real Betis in Spain’s La Liga, the Belgium Under-21 international broke into the Chelsea first team this season, scoring once in seven appearances.

The former Liverpool and Swansea boss claimed 24 other clubs were interested in Musonda’s signature. 

Rodgers added: “I’ve known him for a few years,” the Celtic manager said. “A big thank you must go to Chelsea. He’s a shining light in their academy.

“It’s a great opportunity for him to show his talents. He has wonderful ability and is very dynamic. He’ll bring creativity to our side.”

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