‘Musonda was always a monster’

Real Betis loanee Charly Musonda was always destined to be a “monster”, according to Club Brugge team manager Davy Rigaux.

Musonda scored in Betis’ 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna on Saturday, his first goal for the club in just his second appearance since arriving from Chelsea, and Rigaux – who has followed the player’s progress from a young age – believes the Belgian has what it takes to become a world star.

“He’s one of the most promising young players in Belgium,” he told Marca.

“Since the age of 13, you could tell he was going to be a monster, a marvel.

“He thinks faster than other players and always knows where his teammates are.

“He’s always been a great assister, but at Chelsea he’s improved in one-on-ones.

“I think it was right for him to choose a team like Betis in the strongest League in the world, the Spanish League.

“[Eden] Hazard began at Lille, [Kevin] de Bruyne went to Germany and Charly has left for Spain.

“It’s important that these players develop and return to England as stars. Charly can be Chelsea’s star in two or three years.

“He probably won’t go to the European Championship, but you can’t rule anything out.

“He can decide a game and has always been interesting. He’ll be a top No 10, but this position is only reserved to world stars nowadays.

“Still, Hazard and De Bruyne began their careers with freedom on the wings. If I were Betis’ next opponents, I wouldn’t give him a lot of space.”

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