Chelsea’s Jamal Musiala has left the Blues’ Cobham training ground and signed a five-year contract with top German club, Bayern Munich.
The young Chelsea prospect left the academy after the Bundesliga champions offered him the chance to switch country to continue his football career.
Musiala is still too young to go into Bayern Munich’s first team and according to reports, he will be training with the club’s academy at the FC Bayern Campus. He was recently in Bavaria for a tour around the facilities.
The 16-year-old youngster holds German and English citizenship, making him eligible to play for both sides. He had played for England and also for Germany Under-16s. He was born in Fulda, Germany and joined Chelsea in 2011 from TSV Lehnerz.
The young midfielder is highly regarded for his exceptional skills in the middle. He can either play as an attacking midfielder or as a striker. He played for the young Lions Under 15s at the age of 13. And despite his young age of 16, he played for the Blues Under-18s last season. He is a mainstay for England’s Under 16s, scoring 3 goals and assisting two in 9 games. He also played for Germany’s Under 16s twice.
The Bundesliga side’s poaching of Chelsea’s academy player comes after Bayern pushed hard to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi. They tried several times to sign Hudson-Odoi but the Blues rejected their latest offer of €25 million for the injured player. Instead, the bosses at Stamford Bridge offered their star player a new five-year contract worth £100,000-a-week. However, Hudson-Odoi is still nowhere near signing an extension of his contract with Chelsea.
What makes this development interesting is Musiala’s agent is Hudson-Odoi’s older brother, Bradley.
With the transfer ban sanctioned against Chelsea, the English club must be extra careful with their loanees and most especially with their youth prospects at the academy.