Charly Musonda has posted a message on Instagram which appears to point to his frustration at a lack of playing time at Chelsea.
The 20-year-old joined the club’s youth system in 2012 but has made just one senior start since.
“You sacrifice, you work hard, harder, you give more than what's expected, and often more than you can, because you love what you do and clearly more than you should,” the youngster wrote.
“And what do you get back? Literally nothing,... done.
“However, with this being said I will continue with same dedication and commitment to this great game.”
His message appeared alongside an image of a black screen.
Musonda’s brother Lamisha, who plays for Belgian side Mechelen, commented underneath the post, supporting the Chelsea youngster’s message.
“It's starting to look like they wouldn't know what they have if they had Ronaldo or Messi coming of the academy. smh [shaking my head].”
Despite a dearth of first-team opportunities for Musonda, manager Antonio Conte suggested the Belgian winger and teammate Kenedy could find themselves given more playing time this season following their performances in the Carabao Cup win over Nottingham Forest last month.
“I was pleased to see this type of performance from Charly and Kenedy. These are two players with good prospects,” Conte said.
“They stay with us. If they stay in our squad it means we trust them.
“Honestly, in the last game I felt a really good atmosphere in the changing room – a good link between young players and old players.
“‘I think this is the right way as the season is very long.”
A study published this week showed Chelsea have fielded more foreign players this season than any other side in Europe’s top five leagues.
The analysis by the CIES Football Observatory found that 90.4 per cent of minutes played for Chelsea in 2017/18 have been played by imports rather than home grown stars.
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