Chelsea Have A Staggering 38 Players On Loan – Lucas Piazon Discusses Life As A Chelsea Loanee 

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​Championship side Fulham have signed Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon, this will be his  fifth loan spell in the last five years. 

The young Brazilian is at Craven Cottage until January with an option to extend the deal until the end of the season.

By then, there will be only a year on his Chelsea contract and, if Antonio Conte does not want him, the Brazil Under 23 international will seek a move to a place where he can put down roots and develop his career.

‘I hope I can do a good job at Fulham,’ said Piazon. ‘It’s a good club and a traditional club.

‘They have started the season well. Then I have to stay for more than one year at a club who can see me as their player and not a player from Chelsea who will one day go back to Chelsea.

‘I’m tired of moving abroad. One, two, three loans, maybe that’s enough. It’s time for me to stay somewhere more than one year. When they know you’ll stay whatever happens, people look at you with different eyes.

‘If I had the chance to go for more than one season I’d do it.’ 

‘It makes no sense to go on loan all the time,’ he said. ‘It is not good for any player in my experience — or the experience of the other boys. I don’t see it as a positive thing any more. To be in a different place every year is not good for me at 22.

‘It’s difficult to get a place in the team. They have their own players. You do your best, try to get a place in the squad, minutes on the pitch, score and create goals. That’s all you can do.

‘I had a great time at Vitesse Arnhem and that helped. The Dutch league is all about playing football. They don’t defend like crazy. We had a great squad, playing great football and it was so easy to score or make assists.

‘Then I moved to Germany (Eintracht Frankfurt) where you have to run 12km or 13km in every game. After the first game I lay on the pitch, almost dead. 

‘I’ve learned it takes time to adapt and maybe with two or three years in Germany I could have made a better impact.’ 

Chelsea have 38 players out on loan. During the summer, they train together under Eddie Newton and Paulo Ferreira, and play games behind closed doors for the benefit of match fitness and an audience of invited scouts.

They played twice against Brentford, once against Southend and a French team as well as practice games against each other.

As they drift off to play for different clubs they link up via a WhatsApp group and receive emails from Newton and his coaching team.

Dialogue with Conte, however, is hard to come by. ‘We haven’t spoken much and we’ve said nothing about football.

‘It’s difficult when there’s a big change. The Italian mentality is to train hard. They arrived and then went to Austria and then to the USA. The players have found the training tough but they’re enjoying it.’

‘I still want to make it at Chelsea, of course,’ he said. ‘I came to Europe to play for Chelsea and want to do it. Maybe I can come back in the future.

‘If that’s not possible I want to go somewhere and stay for more than one season. Not just stay stuck in the club.’



Chelsea (2012-) 

3 apps, 0 goals

Malaga (loan, 2012) 

14 apps, 0 goals

Vitesse (loan, 2013-14) 

31 apps, 11 goals

Eintracht Frankfurt (loan, 2014-15) 

23 apps, 2 goals

Reading (loan, 2015-16) 

22 apps, 5 goals

Fulham (loan, 2016-) 

0 apps, 0 goals



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