Former Charlton Athletic Defender Sees Premier League Move Collapse

Former Charlton Athletic and Coventry City loanee Ian Maatsen has seen his permanent move to Burnley collapse, reports Football Insider.

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has now U-turned on the decision to allow the 21-year-old to leave the club, following impressive performances during pre-season.

The Dutch U21 international played a key role whilst on loan at the Clarets last season, as they romped to the Championship title.

Vincent Kompany is keen on bringing the youngster back to Turf Moor on a permanent deal this summer, but the Lancashire outfit appears to have been priced out of a move for the defender.

Burnley have already seen a £15m bid rejected for his services, as Maatsen has now resurrected a career at Stamford Bridge.

Predominantly a left-back, the Vlaardingen-born man has also operated on the left-wing and in an attacking playmaker role during warm-up fixtures.

Playing 42 times last season, Maatsen contributed with four goals and six assists to seal promotion back to the Premier League.

The former PSV youth player has had multiple spells away from Chelsea since joining the two-time Champions League winners in 2018.

He learned his craft in League One with Charlton, before back-to-back loan moves in the Championship with Coventry and Burnley.

With just 12 months remaining on his deal, the Dutchman has broken into first-team plans at Stamford Bridge, after he earned the admiration from his new boss.

It is understood that the two parties are under discussions for a new deal to stay in West London, however, the player seeks assurances over his development plan.

Writer’s View

Maatsen to Burnley was one of the deals I thought was a foregone conclusion this season. The forward-thinking defender has impressed in multiple seasons across the EFL, but faces stiff competition for that left-back birth at Chelsea, with Ben Chilwell, Marc Cucurella and fellow academy prospect Lewis Hall operating in the same position.

He will seek assurances over playing time given the rejection of a move to a fellow Premier League side, as the last thing the young man will want is another loan spell out in the Championship, having already impressed at that level for two seasons now.

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