Charly Musonda will return to Chelsea this summer after having his loan spell with Celtic cut short.
The Belgian joined the Hoops in January on an 18-month loan deal, however has struggled to find regular game time for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Musonda has featured only eight times for the Scottish Champions since the move, and has failed the find the net.
He will now re-join Chelsea after ending his loan spell with Celtic after less than four months.
“He was a joy to work with, wanted to learn, but he’s at the age where he needs to be playing week-in, week-out and unfortunately I couldn’t promise him that,” said Brendan Rodgers regarding Musonda’s earlier departure from Celtic Park.
“I met with Chelsea on Monday. Charly’s contract was set in that there was a review at the end of the season, whether they wanted to take him back. The idea for Charly to come out [on loan] was to play as many games as he possibly could.
“Between us both we were thinking he may not get the games that they would like him to get for next season. My job when I bring in young players is to give them the environment, and hopefully give them as much game time as I possibly can.
“If that doesn’t happen then of course we don’t own the player.”
Despite his struggles however, Rodgers insisted his belief that Musonda has a bright future ahead, whether that be at Stamford Bridge or not.
“He’s a terrific young player. I think the level the team has been playing at has been difficult at times for Charly to get in. But there’s no doubt he’s a talent and I’m sure next year he’ll go on and hopefully get the games that he wants.”