The Blues’ Matt Miazga will return to Championship side Reading again for another season-long loan arrangement.
The USA international and Chelsea defender just signed another contract with the Berkshire club after playing for the Royals in the second half of the season. Reading FC have re-signed the defender for a season-long loan deal from the Blues.
Miazga played for Ligue 1 side Nantes in the first half of the 2018/2019 season before he was demoted and transferred to Reading. He had eight consecutive starts in the first nine games for French club. Miguel Cardoso, Nantes manager, however, was fired due to poor results and Vahid Halihodzic replaced him as head coach. The new head boss saw little use of Miazga and eventually demoted him to reserves.
The Blues then pulled him out from the French club and loaned him to Reading during the January transfer window. He then made 18 appearances for the English outfit, and helped the club escape from being relegated further to the League One.
The American defender was acquired by the Blues from the New York Red Bulls in January 2016 and managed to play only two games for Chelsea. Aside from Reading and Nantes, Miazga was also loaned to Eredivisie’s Vitasse Arnhem.
He also made three appearances for the US Men’s National team that saw action in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The US finished second in the tournament.
Miazga’s contract at the Stamford Bridge will run until 2022. This new loan deal with Reading will be the fourth for him and is enough to categorize him as a career loanee. Although most clubs that put their players on a straight loan arrangement eventually will want to make this deal a permanent one. However, Miazga’s case is oddly different, the boss at Stamford Bridge Blues are kind of reluctant to make the arrangement permanent.