Piazon questions Chelsea loan ‘business’ after making three Blues appearances in eight years

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Lucas Piazon questioned the “business” loan favored by Chelsea, with a man who has made only three appearances for the Blues in eight years, believing that he was signed only to make money.

The Brazilian winger was recruited by the Blues as a teenager and added to their academy system.

Many before and after him have followed a similar career path, with the Stamford Bridge side storing talent in their youth ranks.

Prior to Frank Lampard’s arrival as manager in the summer of 2019, few local talent had the opportunity to prove their worth on a senior stage.

Piazon falls into that category, with the 26-year-old currently on loan at Rio Ave – the seventh loan period of his stay in West London.

He has already been sent to Malaga, Vitesse, Eintracht Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham and Chievo, with no first-team football seen at Chelsea since December 2012.

Piazon is still linked with a contract with the Blues until 2022, but believes it has become little more than an investment opportunity for a Premier League heavyweight.

He said at the Portuguese exit Maisfutebol: “After a certain point, the connection is no longer beneficial for both parties.

“At first I felt really good. I went through the Under 23s, got into the first team and even in the early days I felt Chelsea had expectations and an interest in me.

“I thought I could come back and have opportunities anytime.

“Later, over time, I became just another business for them. They send me on loan in hopes of selling me and making money with me. I think that’s more or less what they think.

Chelsea’s loan model has served them well at times, with people like Reece James, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori having made a breakthrough under Lampard following previous stints away from Stamford Bridge.

However, they still have a number of players in their books who are denied the chance to play a regular role.

The Blues currently have 29 players on loan – including Ross Barkley, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi – while deals could still be made for Danny Drinkwater, Victor Moses and Charly Musonda because they remain on the fringes of the fold.

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