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“My time at Chelsea is already over” – Lucas Piazon

By Steve Jennings

Published: 13:33, 12 September 2019

Chelsea attacker Lucas Piazon has expressed his desire to leave the club permanently after departing on loan for the seventh time in eight years.

Piazon joined Rio Ave on a two-year loan deal earlier this month, signing a contract extension with Chelsea to keep him tied to the club until 2022 before heading to Portugal.

Does Piazon have a Chelsea future? Five things to know…

  • Piazon joined Chelsea as a 17-year-old from Sao Paulo in 2011.
  • He has made just three senior appearances for the Londoners.
  • The 25-year-old has been loaned to Malaga, Reading and Fulham among others.
  • His most recent loan move will see him play for Rio Ave in Portugal.
  • But Piazon believes it is time for him to leave Chelsea on a permanent basis.

The Brazilian moved to Stamford Bridge from Sao Paulo as a 17-year-old in August 2011 and is Chelsea’s current longest serving senior player – not including those who started at the club’s academy. He has since been sent out on loan to Spain, Holland, Germany, Italy and now Portugal.

Fulham and Reading have also benefited from Piazon’s inability to break into the Chelsea first-team, but the 25-year-old believes it now time for him to find a new permanent home.

“My time at Chelsea is already over,” Piazon said. “I’m 25, I’ve been on loan several times. I’ve been at Chelsea since 2011, I’ve been on loan almost all over Europe.

“I’m tired of playing here and there, I need a place where I can feel at home. I want to know that in July I will return to the same place, to the same house.

“I’d have a good season on loan, but I’d come back and was soon loaned again. There was no point in going out on loan, playing well, coming back, not being used and being loaned again.

“There comes a time in your career that makes no sense anymore. By the way, I said exactly that three years ago and it didn’t go so well at Chelsea, it generated some discomfort.”

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“I can’t just blame Chelsea”

Piazon went on to acknowledge he cannot simply blame Chelsea for his lack of game time as he has agreed to stay with the club over the years.

The former Brazil youth international has played just three times across all competitions for the Londoners – including 16 minutes in the Premier League – and says his days of going out on loan are numbered.

“I can’t just blame Chelsea, because I also accepted all that,” Piazon added.

“But of course, there came a time when I thought that being loaned again would no longer be necessary, I had to go on with my life.”

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