Charly Musonda, son of Zambia international midfielder Charles Musonda, has joined Celtic FC on an 18-month loan deal from English giants Chelsea Football Club.

Musonda, 21, stayed at Stamford Bridge in an attempt to break into the first team rather than leaving on loan last summer, and signed a new contract until 2022 in December. But he has since made just seven appearances for Chelsea in all competitions, only two of which were starts.

Chelsea hope that working under former Blues academy coach Brendan Rodgers will kickstart Musonda’s senior career at Celtic, who have developed Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama into Premier League starters in recent years and currently have Manchester City starlet Patrick Roberts on loan.

“The Belgian Under-21 internationalist has been a much sought-after player in this transfer window, with many of Europe’s top clubs keen to take him on loan,” a Celtic club statement said of the move.

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